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Emirates News Agency – Over 2.56 million passengers pass through Abu Dhabi Airport in the first quarter, a growth of 218%

ABU DHABI, 11th May, 2022 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Airport today released its passenger traffic results for the first quarter of 2022. It revealed that the airport handled 2.56 million passengers, or more than triple the number recorded during the same period last year, due to renewed demand and the resulting introduction of new frequencies, routes and services.

First quarter statistics confirm that 2,563,297 passengers were served, compared to 807,310 in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 218%, following the easing of travel restrictions related to COVID-19 worldwide and the full market opening.

The airport recorded 22,689 flights over the period compared to 16,351 in 2021, a strong increase of 38.8%.

“The first quarter continued to build on the momentum we saw in the fourth quarter of 2021, as travel restrictions eased further, markets reopened and airlines rolled out capacity to respond. to the resulting increase in demand,” said Abu Dhabi Airport CEO Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi.

He added: “There is no doubt that developments such as the easing of travel restrictions to and from India, the reopening of Australia and Singapore and the removal of mandatory PCR tests for passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi brought new momentum.”

As a result, Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed the expansion of operations of local carriers Etihad Airways, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the launch of 10 new routes, as well as the introduction of new carriers Go First and Pegasus Airlines.

Load factors have also doubled, with the average passenger load factor reaching 70% in the first three months of the year compared to 35% in the same period of 2021. The airport now offers flights to 99 destinations worldwide on 26 airlines versus 81 destinations on 18 carriers in the first quarter of 2021.

The top five countries by passenger volumes during the period were India (515,927), Pakistan (253,874), United Kingdom (170,620), Saudi Arabia (137,582) and Egypt (127,009). The busiest destinations served by AUH during the first quarter were London (123,055), Delhi (103,472), Islamabad (101,476), Kochi (90,022) and Dhaka (89,272).

Customers continued to rate service levels at Abu Dhabi International in the first three months of 2022 on a number of metrics, including airport cleanliness (98.4%), feeling of safety (98, 2%), the happiness index (96.4%) and health security (97.4%).

The overall satisfaction score as measured by Airports Council International (ACI) was 91.8%.

Abu Dhabi International has also been awarded ACI Airport Health Accreditation for the second consecutive year in recognition of continuous efforts to improve health and safety measures in line with international standards.

Baggage service in the first quarter was equally robust as a total of 1,737,290 bags were processed through the airport’s baggage system in the first three months of the year with a delivery success rate 99.8%.

The airport also handled 144,114 tons of air cargo during the first quarter, a decrease of 15.7% compared to the 170,876 tons handled during the same period last year, mainly due to the redeployment of the cargo capacity to support passenger operations.

The airport handled 1,835 tonnes of mail during the period compared to 2,518 tonnes in the first quarter of 2021, down 27.1% for the same reason.

Major freight markets during the period included the Netherlands (12,835 tonnes) and India (12,720 tonnes).

Translated by: Mervat Mahmoud.



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