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Abu Dhabi International welcomed 24 million passengers in 2016

Abu Dhabi International saw more than 24 million passengers pass through its terminals during 2016, according to figures released by the airport.

The airport saw a total of 24,482,119 passengers pass through its gates, a 5.1% increase on the 23,286,632 passengers recorded in 2015.

Figures show that there has been consistent growth in passenger traffic as the airport continues to expand its offerings to travellers.

Traffic to and from the UK increased significantly by 11.4%, although India retained its position at the top, with more than four million passengers pass through, equating to a 13.3% rise.

The airport figures were strongly influenced by the performance of Etihad Airways in 2016, which contributed massively to the strong increase in passenger traffic.

Etihad Airways accounted for 76% of traffic at the airport in 2016, which adds up to 18.6 million passengers.

Acting Chief Executive at Abu Dhabi Airport, Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, said: “The figures reveal consistent growth in passenger traffic, demonstrating that Abu Dhabi continues to expand as a global hub processing more passengers than ever before.”

Another massive factor for the significant rise in traffic was the introduction of the Smart Travel System in the first and third terminals at the airport.

This innovation allowed travellers to use automatic check-in, boarding facilities and bag drops, as well as unmanned passport control gates which have biometric verification functions and facial recognition technology.

The airport growth also coincides with an 8% rise in the number of guests recorded in hotels across the Emirate in 2016.

Figures from Abu Dhabi’s Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) show that there were more than 4.4 million guest arrivals recorded last year.

The UK continued to lead the way for Europe, cementing its position as the second largest international market for Abu Dhabi – 238,167 Brits checked in to hotels there in 2016.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 26 January 2017

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