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Abu Dhabi International Airport records rise in passengers in January

Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded an increase in passengers in January, 2017 with more than 2.2 million international visitors passing through the facility in the United Arab Emirates. The airport traffic figures were up by 2.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2016, and the majority of passengers originated from India and the United Kingdom.

Abu Dhabi International Airport records rise in passengers in January

The number of passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport in January, 2017 surpassed two million. Figures for airport traffic increased by 2.6 per cent compared to the same month last year.

The total number of visitors passing through Abu Dhabi’s main airport reached 2,209,515. The number of take-offs and landings at the airport totalled 14,666, which was a one per cent increase compared to January, 2017.

The majority of passengers originated from India, and traffic between Abu Dhabi and India increased by two per cent in January. The UK was the next most popular route for travellers, with a 14.1 per cent increase in air traffic. This was due to the increase in passengers travelling from London (23 per cent), and the addition of a third daily service operated by an Etihad A380.

This year, Abu Dhabi International Airport celebrates its 35th anniversary of operations. Since it opened in January, 1982, the airport has become the gateway to the United Arab Emirates and it is home to more than 50 international airlines that provide routes to destinations all over the globe.

The airport offers state-of-the-art facilities and services for travellers, including self check-in kiosks, complimentary Wi-Fi, and remote check-ins. Passengers can enjoy access to children’s play areas, luxurious hospitality lounges, and a wide choice of restaurants and duty free outlets.

Since its opening three decades ago, the facility has been awarded numerous accolades. These include being named as the Best Premium Service Airport by Skytrax “the World Airports’ Awards”, the Best Airport Marketing in the World Award by World Routes, the Best Airport in the Middle East, and the Best Airport for Tax-free Shopping by Business Destinations.

Abu Dhabi is one of the leading destinations in the Middle East for leisure and business. Catering for visitors of all ages, there are numerous attractions and sights to enjoy, from theme parks to golden beaches. Some of the emirate’s most popular attractions include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the manmade Yas Island with its racing circuit and waterpark, the Emirates National Auto Museum, the Dalma Mall with shops and 14 cinema screens, and Saadiyat Island with its white sand beaches, museums, golf courses and art galleries. The city is also home to lush green parks, the Corniche waterfront and sandy beaches that provide a tranquil escape from the bustling city.

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