Aug 07 2012
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Abu Dhabi airport targets 14 million passengers by year-end
Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012
Abu Dhabi: Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport is expected to hit 14 million by year-end, according to James Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company ( ADAC ), marking a almost 13 per cent increase from 12.4 million passengers in 2011.
“The primary driver is certainly Etihad and their continued delivery of aircraft and the partnerships they’ve been creating with the airlines,” Bennett said. “But also we’re saying stronger growth in the tourism business in Abu Dhabi and the economic development and that also drives additional traffic,” he added.
There are currently 53 airlines operating through Abu Dhabi Inernational Airport and which Bennett said is expected to increase as well.
“We have one or two new exciting brands which will be coming in to Terminal 3 next year,” he said.
There are currently over 75 stores at the airport.
When asked about the Midfield Terminal Building, ADAC did not comment.
In June of this year, ADAC and TAV, CCC and Arabtec signed a Dh10.8 billion contract to construct the Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport . While work is expected to start in the third quarter of 2012, the 700,000 square metre terminal building is scheduled to be completed by 2017.
By Samia Badih Staff Reporter
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