abu-dhabi-airport-bahrain-airAbu Dhabi International Airport released figures today that show its strong global appeal as a travel hub, with an impressive 18% growth in passenger traffic over the first three quarters of the year, with a total of 17,473,063 passengers. The top ten busiest routes for the first nine months of 2015 included the U.K., U.S.A., Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, Thailand and Germany. Total aircraft traffic was also up 14.3% in the first three quarters of the year, in which AUH successfully facilitated 129,703 aircraft movements.

Year-to-date growth on specific routes included a 44% increase in passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and the U.S.A, a 27.3% surge in traffic to and from Australia, and 24.8% and 17.2% rise on flights between the U.K. and Germany respectively.

The airport moved 621,191 metric tons of cargo during the first nine months of the year, with overall cargo traffic up 7.2%.

Traffic Summary:

Traffic September       Year to date                        
  This Year Last Year % Var This Year Last Year % Var
Passengers (000) 2,005,748 1,696,651 18.2% 17,473,063 14,803,324 18.0%

Total Aircraft Movements

14,429 13,070 10.4% 129,703 113,515 14.3%

Cargo (tonnes)

67,163 67,881 -1.1% 621,191 579,437 7.2%