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HIGH FLYING: Middle East aviation round up

HIGH FLYING: Middle East aviation round up

The regional aviation sector has been very active over the past week; Kipp brings you a recap of some of the most significant developments in the sector.

April 25, 2012 3:41 by

The numbers are out and it appears airports in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are enjoying an increase in passenger numbers. Dubai International Airport released the total number of passengers it welcomed in the last month. How does a cool 4,848,320 passengers sound? Pretty damn impressive, especially considering the 4,201,708 passengers they had in March 2011- that is a 15.4 percent increase we are talking about. “March is the third consecutive month for Dubai International with passenger numbers exceeding the 4.5 million mark, propelling traffic in the first quarter to 14,261,606, a surge of 16.1 percent over the same period last year,” the airport authority stated.

Over in Abu Dhabi, things are looking just as good – if not better. Passenger traffic through Abu Dhabi International Airport saw an increase of 21 percent in the first quarter of 2012, when compared to Q1 of 2011. During the first three months, more than 3.4 million passengers went through the Abu Dhabi International Airport. “The

first quarter of this year has proven to be yet another successful period for Abu Dhabi International Airport. The double-digit growth in the number of passengers reflects the level of attraction the emirate holds as a soaring business and tourism destination in the region, and the dynamic developments of Etihad and other airline partners” said Harib Al Hameli, the vice president of operations for the airport.

Mubadala and Boeing contract

Last week, Mubadala Aerospace announced a $1 billion contract to build major parts for Boeing planes at its Strata Manufacturing plant in Al Ain. “Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace announce a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures facility in Al Ain, to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner,” the companies said in a statement signed by Homaid Al Shemmari, Mubadala Aerospace’s executive director, and Jim Albaugh, the president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Royal Jordanian’s CEO steps down

After a series of less than optimistic comments Royal Jordanian’s president and CEO Hussain Dabbas has stepped down. Coming into effect from June 1st, the move comes after a three-year stint. Dabbas said the move comes of out his belief that the time has come to implement “new ideas.”


  1. Robert on April 26, 2012 11:31 am

    Dear Kipp,

    When it comes to coverage of the UAE’s airline sector you seem to have forgotten how to question some of the more over-the-top press announcements made by this sector of Dubai Inc.

    Remember Q1 2011. Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Tunisia. Uncertainty across the Middle East. Flights cancelled or reduced to these destinations. Nervous travelers staying away. Yes the growth numbers are impressive but there needs to be some recognition of the impact of regional events on the Q1 2011 base figures.

  2. Robert on April 26, 2012 11:39 am

    You also missed the change in CEO at RAK Airways where Omar Jahameh “resigned” to be replaced as Acting CEO by John Brayford, ex Arik Air and Qatar Airways……


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