Wednesday, 14 April 2021 11:55 GMT

UK now No. 2 destination served by Abu Dhabi Int'l


(MENAFN - Khaleej Times)

Abu Dhabi Airports has revealed that passenger traffic to the UK has grown by 34.2 per cent over the last year attributing much of this increase to the state-of-the-art fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Etihad Airways.

Overall passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport meanwhile increased by 15.8 per cent in November with a total of 1781529 people travelling through the hub last month compared to 1537952 in the same period in 2014.

Eng Ahmad Al Haddabi chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: "As the gateway to the capital Abu Dhabi International Airport is home to our national carrier Etihad Airways. Over the past year the number of seats available on flights between Abu Dhabi and the UK has increased by 53.1 per cent."

"Many of these are on Etihad's A380 services to London Heathrow and the airline's new route to Edinburgh providing the capacity necessary to handle the increasing number of travelers coming to Abu Dhabi to experience the wonderful holiday destinations the emirate has to offer" Eng Al Haddabi added. "We will continue to work hand-in-hand with Etihad and our other airline partners and airport stakeholders to deliver a world class passenger experience for all the travelers using Abu Dhabi International Airport each month."

There were 14028 aircraft movements in November 2015 representing a 3.9 per cent increase on the 13501 movements that took place in November 2014. Last month London Bangkok Doha Delhi and Bombay were the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

In October this year Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a 13.6 per cent increase in passenger traffic with 1920011 passengers using its terminals and aircraft movements increased by 6.3 per cent to 14569 movements compared to the same period last year.

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