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Abu Dhabi airport records 4.7m passenger traffic in Q3 2022


Abu Dhabi Airports recently released its passenger traffic results while successfully boosting its annual prognosis for 2022 to 15 million passengers amid heightened FIFA World Cup fever in Qatar. Passenger traffic in Q3 2022 at the airport wonderfully surpassed its anticipated number of visitors when the passenger traffic reached 4.7 million this year— around 250 percent from Q3 2021 in a clear demonstration of the network.

The main five airports in the emirate, managed by Abu Dhabi Airports include Abu Dhabi International, Al Ain International, Al Bateen Executive, Delma Island, and Sir Bani Yas Island Airports.

The top five countries in terms of markets for passengers destinations in Q3 2022 were India (933,640), the UK (291,576), Pakistan (265,793), Saudi Arabia (217,656), and Egypt (197,193).

Abu Dhabi Airports also lifted up its traveler projection exceptionally for the entire year by encountering a robust rendition in the third quarter of 2022; since the flying assiduousness goes on with recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as the passenger footfall increased incredibly.

Passenger gridlock across Abu Dhabi’s five airports is anticipated to increase up to 15 million people, marking a proliferation from an August prognosis of at least 13 million and 10.7 million in February, as per the passenger traffic results report, the operator said on Monday— all thanks to the UAE’s incredible strategy to entice impressive passenger traffic figures across Abu Dhabi Airports and blast off new routes. 

“These figures are a demonstration of how the aviation industry has recuperated exceptionally and excellence that we will carry in the future,” said Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, chief executive officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.

“New airlines and air paths persist to be lured to Abu Dhabi, while improved courtesies have played a central role in putting up the foreseen surging market and maintaining a level of excellence.”

At the end of the year, the global tourism industry is expected to attain 65 percent of pre-COVID levels of global tourists across the five airports successfully compared to the 1.3 million in the previous year; as the sector led by Europe, ultimately gets on track from the ominous crisis in its chronology.


Passenger Traffic in Q3 2022 Generated Over $1.3 Trillion

The latest report highlights impressive passenger traffic with an envision of $1.2 trillion to $1.3 trillion to be generated by the industry as tourism income this year— a 60 percent to 70 percent upsurge from the year 2021 in a clear demonstration, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). 

However, as compared to 2019, there’s a 70 percent to 80 percent rise with the amount of $1.8 trillion. 

The first nine months of 2022 marked the spectacular proliferation in the number of tourists— i.e approximately 700 million international tourists. This is almost more than double the traffic figures across Abu Dhabi International Airports for a similar epoch last year, according to the UN tourism. 

The comeback at Abu Dhabi International Airports, a nucleus for Etihad Airways, has exceptionally persisted with intense travel demand during the peak summer season as international boundaries have now reopened and there’s a relaxation in coronavirus impediments eventually. It is estimated that more than 63 percent of people will take an overseas respite trip in the subsequent 12 months. 

The Gulf aviation industry has recovered remarkably and risen again with a huge revival due to its incredible and smooth operations and has taken pleasure in expanding its network and passenger growth since— as compared to European airports that were still staggering from uncertainties that caused across-the-board defacement as demand augmented after COVID-19. 

The top-five passenger destinations on 23 airlines in Yas Island Airports, between July 1 and September, served during Q3 included London Heathrow, Mumbai International, Delhi International, Cairo International, and Kochi International Airport.

As yet, the five airports dealt with 10,982,114 travelers in September, which is equivalent to passenger traffic in 2020 and 2021 combined, Abu Dhabi Airports reported. 


In terms of 2022 cargo traffic results for Abu Dhabi, it regulated 144,083 tonnes of air cargo in the third quarter with 182,929 tonnes during the same period in 2021. “The decrease in cargo volume was due to airlines rebalancing the fleet between passenger and cargo airliner”, the operator at Abu Dhabi Airports said. 

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