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Al Bateen Executive Airport posts a 34.4% lift in aircraft movements
Strong traffic increase in the first six months of 2010 at Abu Dhabi’s business aviation airport.
October 8, 2010 3:56 by Rasha Reslan
The GCAA-certified Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Gulf Region’s first and only dedicated private aviation airport, has announced a 34.4% increase in aircraft movements in the first six months of this year, in comparison to the same period in 2009.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Vice President of Al Bateen Executive Airport stated:
“Al Bateen Executive Airport has shown exceptional growth for the first half of 2010, generating 3,973 commercial traffic movements which are +34.3% ahead of last year, with all based operators seeing excellent performances.”
“As an airport dedicated to business aviation, these significant increases reflect the increasing volume of business traffic visiting Abu Dhabi. This strong growth in commercial traffic is expected to peak in November with the Abu Dhabi Formula One events, taking place from October to November of 2010.”
In anticipation of further increases in traffic, ADAC has commenced on a re-development plan for Al Bateen Airport. Phase 1 is tailored to the necessary developments needed to accommodate the second Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.
Alongside these development plans, Yousif Al Hammadi, Deputy General manager, Al Bateen Executive Airport added: “Al Bateen Executive Airport will offer free landing and parking to all visiting VIP aircraft using the Executive Terminal for the duration of the 2010 Formula 1 event in Abu Dhabi between the 11th and the 14th of November”.
The airport’s strategic location, providing businessmen with access to the central business district of the city, is merely the main benefit of this facility. Having access to a private customized airport also provides the ability to save time, offering short transits and waiting times for the aircraft, maximizing time in Abu Dhabi. In addition, the VIP terminal at Al Bateen Executive Airport provides passengers with flexible and fast immigration and security services, thus enabling them to leave the executive airport within few minutes of landing.
Based operators at Al Bateen include Al Jaber Aviation, Falcon Aviation, Prestige Jet, and XO Jet.