Passenger Increases in UAE

Both Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) and Dubai International Airport (DIA) have recorded large increases in passenger numbers during the first half of 2009 – bucking the trend of many other hubs worldwide.
At ADIA, passenger figures rose to 4,603,675 – an increase of 8.1% compared with the same period in 2008. There was a 7.9% increase in June alone, with a daily average of 26,966 passengers travelling through the hub, while aircraft movements increased by 15.2%. Much of the increased traffic has come from the Indian sub-continent, with India providing a 12.5% year-on-year increase and Pakistan a 7.6% rise (June).
Meanwhile DIA handled 19.45 million passengers during the first half of 2009, an increase of 5%. There was an increase of 10.3% in June alone. However, cargo volumes in the same period were down by 0.76% compared to the previous year, but this actually compares very favourably against the global 22% decline.
“Passenger traffic is on the rise and cargo is holding its own in a very tough economic environment,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “Growth is being driven by strong demand during the peak summer period, the growing strength and attractiveness of the Dubai hub, underpinned by the continued expansion of Emirates, and an influx of new airlines at a rate of one per month.”