August Traffic Summary:
|Traffic||August||Year to date|
|This Year||Last Year||% Var||This Year||Last Year||% Var|
|Total Aircraft Movements||14,910||15,277||-2.4%||114,057||115,274||-1.1%|
|Cargo (metric tons)||68,728||70,857||-3.0%||524,274||554,028||-5.4%|
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: In August 2016, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed 2.3 million passengers, marking an increase of 2.3% compared to August 2015. Since the beginning of the year, passenger traffic has grown 6.2% from the same period last year, with 16,422,763 passengers between January 1 and August 31.
- Total arrivals numbered 1,119,616, signifying a 2.3% increase.
- Passenger traffic to India grew 14.3% on 2015, maintaining its position as the top destination, with 378,675 passengers throughout August.
- Passengers to the UK totaled 153,208, representing a 4.2% increase compared to August 2015.
- Saudi Arabia rose to become the fourth busiest destination, with traffic to and from the country increasing by 12.3%, largely due to the high volume of pilgrims traveling for Hajj.
- Passenger traffic to and from Egypt rose 26.6%, impacted by Etihad’s introduction of thrice-daily flights, and Egypt Air’s increased service of 13 flights per week.
About Abu Dhabi Airports:
Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 45 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.