April registers 5.6% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) handled in excess of 2 million passengers in the month of April this year, representing a 5.6% increase in airport traffic compared with April of 2016, which reached 1.9 million.

  • Total arrivals: 1,050,520 up by 6.6%, total departures: 1,019,835 up by 5.8%, and total transfer passengers: 1,311,262 up by 6.1%.
  • Traffic to India, one of the airport’s main traffic drivers representing 18% of the total passengers this month, has shown an increase of 1.9% in April this year compared to April 2016.
  • Saudi Arabia has become the number 2 destination, growing sharply by 17.4%, affected by the significant increase in traffic to Riyadh and Jeddah during the Umrah season.
  • UK was the third most popular destination, growing by 12% this month compared to same month last year.
  • The number of passengers traveling to Australia grew significantly, increasing by 28% thanks to Eithad’s double daily flight to Sydney.
  • The top 5 destinations were: London growing sharply by 16%, followed by Bangkok, which increased by 11%, then Doha growing by 4%, followed by Jeddah, which grew by 12%, followed by Bombay growing by 4%.
  • The top 5 destinations recorded total passenger of 366,076 representing 18% of the airport total passengers.

April Traffic Summary:

Traffic April Jan-April
Total passengers This Year Last Year Var % This Year Last Year Var %
2,070,764 1,960,946 5.6% 8,223,547 8,004,971 2.7%
Aircraft Movements 13,546 14,074 -3,8% 55,634 56,278 -1,1%
Cargo (metric Tons) 54,382 63,500 -14.4% 243,722 254,907 -4.4%

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.