Abu Dhabi volumes increase despite September dip

Abu Dhabi International Airport aerial view

Abu Dhabi International Airport has seen cargo volumes increase by 7.2 per cent to 621,191 tonnes in the first nine months of 2015, despite September seeing a dip.

In September, cargo volumes fell by 1.1 per cent to 67,163 tonnes, the first month of 2015 to see a decline. The September dip followed a seven per cent year-on-year (YOY) increase in August to 70,857 tonnes. So far in 2015, April has seen the largest YOY rise, at 19.3 per cent to 71,650 tonnes while July saw the smallest increase at 2.1 per cent to 68,888 tonnes.

Airport operator, Abu Dhabi Airports chief operations officer, Ahmad Al Haddabi says: “2015 has been a big growth year for us … Increased global connectivity continues to be an important contributor to our overall success, and we are seeing a dramatic boost in demand across the vast majority of destinations served from Abu Dhabi.”

Aircraft movements increased by 14.3 per cent to 129,703. The busiest routes included the UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, Thailand and Germany.