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Abu Dhabi airport passenger traffic up 12 pct in 2010
Nearly 11 million passengers passed through the airport in 2010
January 23, 2011 3:27 by Reuters
Abu Dhabi international airport saw passenger traffic grow 12.2 percent in 2010 as new airlines started operations and existing ones expanded to new destinations, the airport’s operating company said on Sunday.
Nearly 11 million passengers passed through the airport in 2010, a statement from the Abu Dhabi Airports Co (ADAC) said.
“2010 witnessed strong traffic development at Abu Dhabi International Airport, well above the world airport’s average growth,” James Bennett, chief executive of ADAC said in the statement.
In 2010, the airport added five new international airlines, six new destinations and serviced an average of 41 additional frequencies from its existing airlines – a 13 percent increase in the total weekly outbound flights compared with the previous year. London, Bangkok, Doha, Manila and Cairo continue to be the top five routes, collectively claiming 20 percent of the total passenger traffic during 2010, ADAC said.
The airport handled 438,000 tonnes of cargo in 2010, up 16 percent over the previous year.
(Reporting by Stanley Carvalho, Editing by Dinesh Nair)