More than 24m passengers were registered while transiting the United Arab Emirates airport during last year. The total number of the international hub’s transit passengers throughout 2016 hit almost 24.5 million, as the number accounts for a 5.1 per cent increase when compared to 2015.
The top destination rise was India, with a 13.3 per cent increase, followed by the United Kingdom, with a 11.4 per cent increase.
Terminal 3 was the more transited hub area, with a total of 15 million passengers when compared to the previous year. The main trigger for the traffic boost is considered to be the Smart Travel System, inaugurated at the beginning of last year. The installed system allows faster check-in, luggage management and boarding system, along with biometric passport control speeding up the entire passenger flow through the airport’s procedures.
In a recent statement, the CEO Abu Dhabi Airports Abdul Majeed Al Khoori commented on the numbers: “The figures released today reveal consistent growth in passenger traffic, demonstrating that Abu Dhabi continues to expand as a global hub processing more passengers than ever before. Our partner Etihad Airways produced strong results throughout 2016, which contributed significantly to the increase in passenger traffic at AUH. In fact, Etihad Airways accounted for 76 per cent of traffic at AUH throughout last year, more than 18.6 million passengers. We are always looking, together with our stakeholders, for more opportunities to grow and meet the demands of our various markets.” Source: www.travelwires.com