Abu Dhabi International Airport released figures for the month of May 2015 that show overall passenger traffic was up by 14.9% for the month compared to May 2014 with 1,877,440 passengers passing through the airport, made possible by nearly 15,000 aircraft movements.

The published figures included the number of passengers to and from Italy, which have grown by 166.5% compared to May 2014 to over 50,000 passengers, as Alitalia’s newly opened routes to Milan and Venice started to take effect. In addition, passengers flying to and from the United States also registered similar increase with more than 106,000 passengers last month, translating into 49% growth in traffic compared with May 2014.

In terms of passenger numbers, India topped the list in May with over 305,000 passengers, up by 58.6% from the same period last year.

Cargo traffic also showed healthy growth with 9.8% increase in overall tonnage to 73,476 compared to 66,944 in May last year.

In May 2015, the top five destinations from Abu Dhabi International Airport were Mumbai, Manila, London Heathrow, Doha and Bangkok. The top five destinations accounted for 16% of all traffic.