ISLAMABAD: Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of the five airports in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, on Monday released its passenger traffic results’ report for the third quarter of 2022, showing a total footfall of 4.7 million passengers — a 250 percent rise from 1.3 million passengers in Q3 2021.
The report, the findings of which were published by the UAE’s state news agency, revealed passenger traffic figures across Abu Dhabi International, Al Ain International, Al Bateen Executive, Delma Island and Sir Bani Yas Island between July 1 and September 30, 2022.
“The top five countries in terms of the passenger footfall increase during Q3 were from India (933,640), the United Kingdom (291,576), Pakistan (265,793), Saudi Arabia (217,656) and Egypt (197,193),” WAM reported.
Abu Dhabi’s five airports reported 10,982,114 passengers by September 30, 2022, which is the equivalent of passenger traffic in 2020 and 2021 combined, the report said, saying Abu Dhabi Airports expected to close 2022 with an excess of 15 million passengers.
“These figures are a demonstration of how the aviation industry has recovered remarkably,” Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, MD and Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said.
“New airlines and air routes continue to be attracted to Abu Dhabi, while new and improved services have played a prominent role in accommodating the expected surging demand head-on. For Abu Dhabi Airports, 2022 has been a year of sustained momentum, maintaining a level of excellence that we will carry forward to Q4.”
Third-quarter statistics confirm that 49,046 Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) were recorded across the five airports, a 35 percent increase from 36,367 ATMs in Q3 2021 “in a clear demonstration of network and passenger growth.”
These flights were conducted between more than 100 passenger destinations on 23 airlines.
The busiest destinations served during Q3 included London Heathrow (232,002), Mumbai International (155,294), Delhi International (130,723), Cairo International (118,885) and Kochi International Airport (101,828).