Passenger traffic from Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways’ hub increased by 19.4% in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier. Between 1st January and June 30th, some 9.5 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport, compared to nearly 8 million against the first six months of 2013. The five most popular destinations were: Bangkok, Manila, Doha, Jeddah and London Heathrow.
This excellent result is the result of Etihad’s strategy to open up new routes for example, to Los Angeles in the United States or Zurich in Switzerland, a country in which Etihad has expanding operations after investing in the Swiss regional airline Darwin Airlines (now renamed Etihad Regional ). Also this is the result of the investment by Etihad in the Indian carrier Jet Airways as traffic to India has experienced strong growth, with the opening of routes or additional frequencies to Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Bangalore .
Besides India, the routes to the Saudi Arabia, Germany, Pakistan and the United Kingdom are the most popular, according to the statement by the airport. In terms of regions, the most popular routes are those to the Far East, followed by Europe and the Middle East.
“Almost 10 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport in the first six months of 2014 and it is reasonable to expect that this number will be exceeded in the second half of the year,” said Ahmad Al Haddabi, head of operations at the Abu Dhabi airport.