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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Dubai Airport passengers soar in January

Posted on 28/02/2012

Passenger numbers through Dubai International Airport rose 14 per cent to over 4. 8 million year on year in January, helped by Emirates Airlines' fast expansion, but cargo continued to suffer amid global uncertainty, falling 2.6 per cent in the same period. Traffic through Dubai's main airport, the fourth busiest in the world, hit 4.85 million in January, up 14 per cent versus the 4.25 million recorded in the same month a year ago, Dubai Airports, which owns and runs Dubai International, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport sees 18% passenger growth in January

Posted on 26/02/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced it had welcomed 1.143 million passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month of January, recording an 18% jump over last year's figure, with 9,874 aircraft movements registered in the first month of the year. The traffic report for the month of January 2012 released by ADAC yesterday showed that cargo shipment was also on the rise as it increased by 11% in comparison with the same period last year, with the airport handling ...  >>MORE

UAE is largest Arab jet fuel consumer

Posted on 26/02/2012

The UAE has emerged as the largest consumer of jet fuel in the Arab World, by far surpassing Saudi Arabia, the top energy consumer in the region. Official data showed the UAE accounted for more than a third of the Arab world's total jet fuel demand although it has one of the smallest populations in the region. Jet fuel consumption in the UAE, the second largest Arab economy after Saudi Arabia, peaked at round 85,000 barrels per day in 2010, nearly 44 per cent over demand in 2006, showed the ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Executive Airport's new DhabiJet tops big names in EBAN reader survey of best FBOs

Posted on 22/02/2012

Al Bateen Executive Airport, operated and managed by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), has entered the ranks of best Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) in the prestigious European Business Air News FBO Survey 2012. The magazine's aircraft owner readers, voting online and via a printed questionnaire, put Al Bateen's DhabiJet FBO at number four, making it the highest ranked FBO in the Middle East - one of just two FBOs in the Middle East to make the top twenty and ahead of many bigger long ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports launches Emirati Graduate Development Programme

Posted on 21/02/2012

Dubai Airports, the company that owns and manages both of the emirate's airports, Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), yesterday launched a nation-wide graduate development programme aimed at attracting and developing the next generation of UAE national aviation professionals. Titled Masar, Arabic for "Path", the year-long programme is part of Dubai Airports' on-going commitment to national development. In its inaugural year, Masar will offer eight Emirati graduates, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports top list of Middle East's best

Posted on 20/02/2012

Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports have landed the top two spots in the Middle East in a passenger satisfaction survey. Dubai International Airport was first in the region in the survey, carried out as part of the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) initiative of the Airports Council International. The annual ASQ Awards, published yesterday, found that Abu Dhabi International Airport had an "overall high quality of airport services and facilities" and that the airport "excelled in categories that ...  >>MORE

Emirates opens first airport lounge on West Coast and celebrates US$4 million Bay Area investment

Posted on 19/02/2012

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, has opened its first airport lounge on the West Coast, at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The new lounge represents a US$4 million investment in the Bay Area. The SFO lounge has been designed with the same attention to detail as Emirates' lounges throughout the world, including the airline's award-winning facility at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, named one of the 2011 "Top Airport Lounges in North America" ...  >>MORE

Dubai International is Middle East’s best airport at ACI Awards

Posted on 16/02/2012

Dubai International Airport has won accolades at the Airports Council International's (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards for 2010, claiming the Best Airport Award (Middle East), as well as the Best Improvement Award (ME). Dubai International's strong showing at the ACI's most coveted awards follows quick on the heels of an equally impressive performance in traffic growth for 2010 which jumped 15.3 per cent to 47.2 million passengers. Dubai International was also placed third among the ...  >>MORE

Groundbreaking of Premier Inn Hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport announced

Posted on 14/02/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), and Premier Inn, the UK's most popular hotel brand yesterday announced the groundbreaking of a Premier Inn Hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The announcement follows an agreement that was signed last year between ADAC and Premier Inn as part of ADAC's initiative to promote Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects within the Emirate. Scheduled to open its doors by mid March 2013 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Premier Inn Hotel will be ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport launches region's first airport mobile website

Posted on 09/02/2012

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) operated by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday the launch of its new mobile website, http://m.abudhabiairport.ae. The mobile website is the first of its kind in the region and is designed to make it easier and quicker for passengers on the move to access the latest information via their handheld smart phones. Through the new mobile website, passengers can ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways opens first European Guest Contact Centre in Manchester

Posted on 08/02/2012

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday opened its Manchester guest contact centre with a reception for government officials and local business leaders. Based at the Voyager Building at Manchester Airport, the guest contact centre is the airline's first in Europe and fourth in the world. It will operate in conjunction with existing guest contact centres in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and India. The guest contact centre will provide full time employment for 160 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad Airways launch online auction

Posted on 06/02/2012

Abu Dhabi International Airport launched yesterday an online auction for 60 tickets to 30 destinations on its website, http://www.abudhabiairport.ae to commemorate its 30th anniversary in collaboration with Etihad Airways. The auction comes as part of the airport's celebration campaign to mark 30 years of success catering to over 126 million passengers. Starting on the 5th of February and running for 30 days, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi approves building of futuristic airport complex

Posted on 02/02/2012

The Abu Dhabi Government has approved the construction of the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), part of a US$6.8-billion (Dh24.95 billion) expansion plan for the capital's international airport. Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) announced in a statement yesterday that it has received approval from the Executive Council for the construction of the MTC, which is planned to become the primary gateway for airlines operating to Abu Dhabi and the future home of Etihad Airways, the national airline ...  >>MORE

12.4 million passengers welcomed at Abu Dhabi Int'l Airport during 2011

Posted on 26/01/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) published today the 2011 performance report for Abu Dhabi International Airport, which reflects a significant growth of 13.9% in passenger traffic compared with 2010. Throughout the year, the airport greeted 12.4 million passengers, marking a record number for the Capital's gateway Cargo traffic was also on the rise recording 481,500 tonnes, an increase of 10% in comparison to 2010, ADAC said in an emailed press release. The double-digit increase of ...  >>MORE

UAE history and heritage showcased at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 25/01/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has launched a UAE Gallery at Abu Dhabi International Airport, delivering towards the Abu Dhabi government's initiative to promote local art and culture. The new gallery will introduce UAE culture and heritage to all passengers using the airport for arrival, departure or transit through displays by various local cultural and art institutions. This new initiative is part of Abu Dhabi International Airport's programme to continuously enhance the passenger ...  >>MORE

Dubai International registers record 51 million passengers in 2011

Posted on 25/01/2012

Dubai International has scooped another record year for passenger traffic with the airport's 2011 passenger numbers reaching an historic 50.98 million, which is up by 8 per cent over the 47.2 million passengers who passed through the facility in 2010. According to the annual traffic report issued yesterday by Dubai Airports, December passenger numbers reached to 4.69 million, an increase of 10.2 per cent compared to 4.26 million recorded during the same month in 2010. Aircraft movements ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free eyes Dh10b sales

Posted on 25/01/2012

Duty Free expects to double its current annual sales to Dh10 billion by 2018 as it expands its retail space at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central. The US$7.8 billion expansion plan will include adding 8,000 square metres of retail space at the new Concourse 3 which will be dedicated to the Emirates A380, scheduled to open by the end of this year. "The government also recently approved that a Concourse 4 will be built in 2016 at the existing airport. Dubai Duty Free and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport celebrates arrival of airberlin's inaugural flight

Posted on 17/01/2012

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), in cooperation with Etihad Airways, welcomed this morning the first airberlin flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport. Germany's second largest airline's inaugural flight arrived to Abu Dhabi International Airport at 6:35 am local time, where it was saluted with traditional water cannons and greeted by James E. Bennett, CEO of ADAC, James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Airways and Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin. airberlin will operate four weekly ...  >>MORE

Significant growth of 7.6 percent in air traffic movement in 2011

Posted on 16/01/2012

Air Traffic Movement in UAE experienced a remarkable growth during 2011, with an increase of 7.6 percent compared to the previous year. Local airports accounted steady increase in the rates of air traffic movements during the past twelve months, as reported by Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. The total number of air traffic movement during last December reached 61197, with an average of 1974 movement per day. Dubai International Airport came first with a total of 28223 air traffic ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport celebrates 30 Years of Success

Posted on 04/01/2012

Abu Dhabi International Airport today marks its 30th anniversary, celebrating three successful decades of providing travellers and customers with world class services and state of the art facilities. The capital's international gateway has seen over 126 million passengers pass through the airport since its opening at its current location in 1982. Having historically been based in Al Bateen since 1969, Abu Dhabi International Airport started operation at its current location 38 km outside ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales jump 16% to Dh5.3b

Posted on 03/01/2012

Last year was a great and fantastic year for Dubai Duty Free as its sales jumped to Dh5.3 billion, according to top officials. The new year began on a high note for Dubai Duty Free with the operation announcing record-breaking sales for 2011 of US$1.46 billion, representing around 16 per cent rise over 2010. "It has been a fantastic year …... The entire team has worked hard to maintain its position as the single largest airport retailer in the world in terms of turnover and I congratulate ...  >>MORE

Fostering a culture of growth

Posted on 02/01/2012

Some people shop at an airport duty free out of necessity, others shop to kill time. But some people shop because it's there. However, in Dubai, a large number of South Asian average wage earners do shop more at the airport due to weight restrictions on unaccompanied baggage. As weight limits shrink, these expatriates find duty free an easy way out to beat the system — which explains why sales volumes at the world's largest travel retailer increase year after year — in addition to a higher ...  >>MORE

4+ million passengers use Dubai airport in November

Posted on 29/12/2011

Dubai Airports, yesterday released Dubai International's (DXB) monthly traffic report for November which shows a year on year growth of 8.9% in passenger numbers. Passenger traffic in November reached 4,431,673, compared to 4,070,296 recorded during the same month in 2010. Traffic between January to February reached 46,287,234, up 7.8 per cent over the corresponding period in 2010, said Dubai Airports in an emailed press release. The AGCC recorded the largest increase in total passenger ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 16% increase in passenger traffic during November

Posted on 28/12/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced Abu Dhabi International Airport's traffic figures for the month of November - the fifth consecutive month that the airport has welcomed over one million passengers. Abu Dhabi International Airport saw a 16% surge in passenger traffic in November compared to the same month last year. Cargo traffic was also on the rise, with over 42,000 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month, recording a 7% increase over the same period in 2010. ...  >>MORE

IATA awards Abu Dhabi International Airport for Fast Travel

Posted on 26/12/2011

Abu Dhabi International Airport received the golden award for Fast Travel from International Air Transport Association (IATA), becoming the first airport in the region to adopt IATA's latest initiative in response to growing passenger demands for more adequate and speedy travel procedures at airports. The award was handed over by Tony Tyler, CEO IATA, to James E. Bennett, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), with the attendance of various dignitaries from both organisations. Fast Travel ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports first in the Middle East to hire virtual assistants

Posted on 15/12/2011

Dubai Airports has brought on board four bilingual ‘virtual assistants' at Dubai International to communicate important travel information to the 50 million plus passengers that pass through the airport each year. The state-of-the-art digital signage solutions use the very latest in rear-projected audio visual technology to create the illusion of a real person, conveying helpful security and brand messages. It makes Dubai International the first airport in the region to use the technology. ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central announces expansion programme

Posted on 15/12/2011

Dubai World Central (DWC), has announced the recent groundbreaking for Phase 2 of the expansion programme of Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world's leading logistics providers, in DWC's Logistics City. The expansion of its state-of-the-art logistics centre is part of a global growth initiative that will strengthen Kuehne + Nagel's ability to support high-potential sectors. Kuehne + Nagel completed construction of Phase 1 in 2009 consisting of around 17,000 sqm warehouse space. Kuehne + Nagel, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport sees more growth

Posted on 27/11/2011

Abu Dhabi's airport expects continued double-digit growth in passenger numbers near term as its national carrier Etihad Airways develops and the emirate continues to expand its economy, a top official at the airport's operator said. James Bennett, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), also said a contract to build the airport's mid-field terminal would be completed by the second quarter of 2012. The airport saw a 12.2 per cent growth in passenger traffic in 2010, handling ...  >>MORE

61705 air traffic movements in UAE during October

Posted on 22/11/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced today that air traffic movements in the UAE grew at a rate of 7.7% in October 2011 compared to the same month last year. The GCAA monthly report indicated that total air traffic movements in October 2011 were 61705 with an average of 1990 air traffic movements per day. GCAA's Air Traffic monthly report for October 2011 showed the number of air traffic movements in each UAE airport. Dubai ranked first with 27448 traffic movements. Over ...  >>MORE

Passenger terminal to be ready by early 2012

Posted on 21/11/2011

Dubai's new Al Maktoum International Airport is expected to open its passenger terminal early next year, according to Khalifa Al Zaffin, the executive chairman of Dubai World Central, or DWC. An investment of around Dh4 billion is expected to be made for Al Maktoum Airport and Dh26 billion for the expansion of Dubai International Airport by 2020, Al Zaffin told reporters on Sunday. The passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International will be ready in two months, he said. ...  >>MORE

ADAC receives tender proposals from 6 pre-qualified contractors to build the Midfield Terminal Building

Posted on 16/11/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday that it has received six tenders for the construction of the new Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The Midfield Terminal Building, which is expected to go live in the first half of 2017, is the key component of the development program at the airport and it will contribute to the long-term success of the aviation sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the fastest growing ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Executive Airport opens its new world-class crew lounge

Posted on 15/11/2011

Al Bateen Executive Airport announced yesterday the opening of its new crew lounge, part of the DhabiJet FBO brand. The contemporary designed facility is now fully operational and offers flight crew a comprehensive and state-of-the-art flight planning support facility that meets all their needs and requirements when they stop at the executive airport ahead of, after or in between flights. Within a two floor complex, the new facility combines work areas, to carry out crew briefings and ...  >>MORE

Flash mob dance rocks Dubai International Airport

Posted on 09/11/2011

Passengers in the Duty Free section of Dubai International Airport were treated to a dance spectacle when women dressed like flight attendants descended an escalator and burst into dance. Music came over the loudspeakers as 50 people joined in the dance - a classic "flash mob". The performance, which took place on October 26, involved weeks of rehearsals and months of preparation. An official video of the performance in Terminal 1 was posted on YouTube on Saturday. The Dubai event echoed ...  >>MORE

ADAC announces completion of terminal 1 refurbishment at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 03/11/2011

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday the completion of Terminal 1 Refurbishment at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Having been in operation for close to 30 years, Terminal 1 (T1) has become a distinctive landmark within Abu Dhabi International Airport, best known by its bright colours and unique architecture. In 2011, ADAC launched the Terminal 1 (T1) Refurbishment project aimed at improving the overall passenger experience in the terminal and aligning its services and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free posts double-digit sales growth

Posted on 03/11/2011

Dubai Duty Free achieved sales growth of 16 per cent as of the end of October. Sales, which reached Dh4.238 billion, are on track for the year-end target of Dh5.3 billion. Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairman of Dubai Duty Free, said: "2011 is shaping up to be a record year and we have seen significant increases across the top categories and in the sale of premium goods such as luxury watches and fashion items. "We have also seen electronics grow significantly, driven by the launch of ...  >>MORE

First airport prepaid card launched

Posted on 03/11/2011

Dubai Airports, Dubai Duty Free and MasterCard have launched DXB Connect, the world's first prepaid MasterCard aimed at airport clientele. Operated on the MasterCard network and issued by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) in conjunction with Jade Payments and Global Processing Services, the DXB Connect card offers over 50 million passengers annually travelling through Dubai International, a safe method to make airport purchases in local currency. DXB Connect offers arriving, departing and ...  >>MORE

Airport security pact signed between UK and UAE

Posted on 01/11/2011

Co-operation on airport security between the UK and UAE would deter potential terrorists from using Dubai as a transit point, a British minister says. Alistair Burt, a minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said information and standards would be shared between the UK and UAE to ensure "watertight" security at Dubai International Airport. The agreement comes a year after Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) tried to send two parcel bombs to the US via Dubai. "Dubai airport ...  >>MORE

UAE's ADAC awarded 2 STAR Awards

Posted on 01/11/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday that the Quality Assurance Department received 2 STAR Awards for "Best Public Sector Complaint Management '&' Service Recovery" in recognition of the effective customer service policies at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The awards were announced in the 2011 UAE Customer Service week summit held under the patronage of H.H. Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister '&' Minister of Interior, earlier this month in ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Airport is flying high

Posted on 31/10/2011

Abu Dhabi's airport for private jets recorded soaring numbers of business executives touching down in the past three months. Al Bateen Executive Airport reported that it experienced a 12 per cent increase in flights in the third quarter of this year, and officials expect demand to remain high for the rest of the year. "Our whole year will be slightly higher than 12 per cent because it includes part of our quiet period over the summer," said Steve Jones, the general manager of the airport. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger travel surges in 3rd Quarter

Posted on 27/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) released yesterday the traffic results for Abu Dhabi International Airport during the third quarter of 2011 showing a 15% increase in passenger traffic compared with the same period last year. According to report 3.3 million passengers passed through the capital's airport during the period July to September surpassing for the first time the 1 million milestone for three consecutive months. It also indicated a total of 1,086,348 passengers passing through the ...  >>MORE

New projects designed to make Sharjah airport bigger and better

Posted on 27/10/2011

Sharjah International Airport must expand to fully capitalise on the growth potential of the aviation sector, Ghunaim Al Hajri, director-general of Sharjah Airport Authority, told Gulf News. "The airport has to have a bigger capacity to deal with the growth in aviation," said Al Hajri, who also sits on the board of directors of Air Arabia. "We have some plans but they depend on the economic situation… we are looking at more planes, bigger transit areas [and] operations." His Highness Dr ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Airport passengers soar in January


Abu Dhabi International Airport sees 18% passenger growth in January


UAE is largest Arab jet fuel consumer


Al Bateen Executive Airport's new DhabiJet tops big names in EBAN reader survey of best FBOs


Dubai Airports launches Emirati Graduate Development Programme


Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports top list of Middle East's best


Emirates opens first airport lounge on West Coast and celebrates US$4 million Bay Area investment


Dubai International is Middle East’s best airport at ACI Awards


Groundbreaking of Premier Inn Hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport announced


Abu Dhabi International Airport launches region's first airport mobile website


Etihad Airways opens first European Guest Contact Centre in Manchester


Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad Airways launch online auction


Abu Dhabi approves building of futuristic airport complex


12.4 million passengers welcomed at Abu Dhabi Int'l Airport during 2011


UAE history and heritage showcased at Abu Dhabi International Airport


Dubai International registers record 51 million passengers in 2011


Dubai Duty Free eyes Dh10b sales


Abu Dhabi International Airport celebrates arrival of airberlin's inaugural flight


Significant growth of 7.6 percent in air traffic movement in 2011


Abu Dhabi International Airport celebrates 30 Years of Success


Dubai Duty Free sales jump 16% to Dh5.3b


Fostering a culture of growth


4+ million passengers use Dubai airport in November


Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 16% increase in passenger traffic during November


IATA awards Abu Dhabi International Airport for Fast Travel


Dubai Airports first in the Middle East to hire virtual assistants


Dubai World Central announces expansion programme


Abu Dhabi airport sees more growth


61705 air traffic movements in UAE during October


Passenger terminal to be ready by early 2012


ADAC receives tender proposals from 6 pre-qualified contractors to build the Midfield Terminal Building


Al Bateen Executive Airport opens its new world-class crew lounge


Flash mob dance rocks Dubai International Airport


ADAC announces completion of terminal 1 refurbishment at Abu Dhabi International Airport


Dubai Duty Free posts double-digit sales growth


First airport prepaid card launched


Airport security pact signed between UK and UAE


UAE's ADAC awarded 2 STAR Awards


Al Bateen Airport is flying high


Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger travel surges in 3rd Quarter


New projects designed to make Sharjah airport bigger and better