This summer, Abu Dhabi International Airport will receive 1,065 flights a week, a 15% increase compared to the 956 weekly flights during the summer months of 2012.
The number of weekly seats available will also increase to 32,004, demonstrating an 11% growth compared to the 28,751 seats available each week during summer 2012.
Commenting on the increase, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operation Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), said:
“The increased flight frequency inbound and outbound demonstrates the trust airlines have in the attractiveness of Abu Dhabi as a business and tourist destination. An increase of over 10% in aircraft movement so far in 2013 also attests to Abu Dhabi’s growth towards becoming an international aviation hub. ADAC looks forward to offering summer passengers and airline partners seamless, world-class service during this popular time for travel.”
Several of the key airlines that have increased their weekly flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport include: Etihad Airways, the National carrier of the UAE, who have increased weekly flights from 590 to 653; Jet Airways, from 14 to 18; Air Seychelles, from 4 to 10; Egypt Air, from 9 to 11; Qatar Airways, from 35 to 42; Turkish Airlines, from 4 to 6 and Airblue from 12 to 13 weekly.
The recent addition of airlines adding new routes to Abu Dhabi, including Hainan Airlines and Garuda Indonesia, along with domestic airline Rotana Jet, has also increased the amount of weekly flights at the capital’s airport. Similarly, the aggressive expansion plans of Etihad Airways and its partnerships with other leading international airlines, including Air Berlin, Air Seychelles and Virgin Australia, has also impacted positively on increased flight frequency.