Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced that Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a 7% increase in passenger traffic, with around 1 million passengers travelling through the airport in January.

The airport also saw a 9% rise in aircraft movements, reaching 9,899 movements throughout the month. Cargo traffic was also on the rise, with an increase of 13% in comparing with January 2010.

Eng. Ahmed Al Haddabi, Senior Vice President Airports Operations at ADAC commented:

“As we enter the New Year, the continuous growth of passenger traffic reflects the growing interest in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the growing strength of Abu Dhabi International Airport as an international hub. We expect to see traffic continue to rise as we welcome new carriers and add new destinations and frequencies from the airport. We are also working towards the completion of the Terminal 1 renovation works to increase airport capacity and to ensure top levels of comfort and satisfaction are offered to all our travellers, with more services yet to come.”

London, Bangkok, Doha, Manila and Frankfurt took the lead as the top five routes during January, which claimed collectively 20% of the total passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The Far East region and Europe both registered a 10% increase in passenger traffic, followed by the Middle East.