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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

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

September serves up windfall for tourism

Posted on 26/10/2011

Dubai's airport and hotels had a windfall last month as visitor numbers surged following a slowdown during the height of summer and Ramadan. An expansion of routes by airlines using Dubai International Airport helped push up passenger traffic by 6.2 per cent last month. About 4.2 million passengers passed through the airport compared with 3.9 million during September last year. "We have had a good year so far in terms of passenger traffic and with the Islamic pilgrimage of Haj just a few ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company awards 10-year infrastructure contract to Juniper Networks

Posted on 23/10/2011

California - Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, yesterday in a press release, announced that Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), owner and operator of five airports in Abu Dhabi with subsidiaries supplying ground handling, duty free, cargo, catering and aviation training services, has awarded Juniper Networks with a 10-year infrastructure frame contract to support an aggressive expansion program designed to transform Abu Dhabi Airports into world-class ...  >>MORE

ADAC launches new self-service check-in facilities

Posted on 20/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), announced yesterday that it has launched self-service check-in kiosks at Park Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi as part of the company's commitment to provide convenient services for its customers. This new service is the first of its kind to become available to travellers in the Middle East and will be rolled out soon in other prominent hotels and commercial venues in the Emirate. The new self-service check-in kiosks will allow passengers to check-out from the ...  >>MORE

58,000 air traffic movements in the UAE in September 2011

Posted on 19/10/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced that air traffic movements in the UAE grew at a rate of 9.7% in September 2011 compared to the same month last year. The GCAA monthly report indicated that total air traffic movements in September 2011 were 57773 with an average of 1926 air traffic movements per day. GCAA's Air Traffic monthly report for September 2011 showed the number of air traffic movements in each UAE airport. Dubai ranked first with 25874 traffic movements. Over ...  >>MORE

ADAC unveils First Airport Corporate Responsibility Report

Posted on 10/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) unveiled yesterday its First Corporate Responsibility Report, highlighting milestone achievements including decrease in water and electricity consumption whilst increasing passenger and aircraft movements at Abu Dhabi international Airport. It also shows a 12 percent increase in employee training and development programs for 2010 compared with 2009. ADAC is the first airport operator in the region to develop this report using G3 guidelines together with the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport foresees 8 percent growth in weekly flights in winter schedule

Posted on 03/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company yesterday announced that the timetable for the period November 2011 - March 2012 at Abu Dhabi International Airport presents an 8 percent increase in the total weekly aircraft movements compared with last year's winter schedule. Travellers will be offered over 900 flights weekly from Abu Dhabi to five continents around the globe, with additional frequencies, newly launched airlines and destinations. The new enriched schedule is a result of the joint efforts of ...  >>MORE

August sees 14 per cent passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 02/10/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company yesterday released the traffic report for Abu Dhabi international Airport for the month of August 2011, recording a robust 14 per cent growth over last year's figures with passenger traffic reaching 1.09 million. Cargo traffic was also on the rise reaching 39,841 tonnes, with an increase of 5 per cent compared to the month of August 2011. The double digit growth recorded at Abu Dhabi International Airport during August is mainly attributed to the healthy growth ...  >>MORE

GCAA launches on-line facility for Bird Strike and Wildlife Hazard Reporting

Posted on 28/09/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has launched an On-Line Facility for Bird Strike and Wildlife Hazard Reporting as part of the existing Reporting of Safety Incidents (ROSI) system. This fourth module, available to all users of the GCAA's ROSI system, facilitates not only mandatory industry reporting but also establishes an essential interface between the GCAA and ICAO in relation to the ICAO Bird Strike Information System as well as collection of Operator Cost and Engine ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport registers over 4 million passengers in August

Posted on 26/09/2011

The Dubai International Airport handled 4, 019, 230 passengers in August, a rise of 0.8 per cent on the same month a year ago, according to the statistical results released by the Dubai airports. Year-to-date passenger traffic rose 8 per cent to 33.3 million, compared with 30.9 million in 2010, it added. Numbers on Middle East routes were down 65,000 compared with a year ago "due to the affects of Ramadan along with ongoing instability in some destinations in the region", the report said. ...  >>MORE

ADAC unveils new advanced Facility for Handling Perishable Cargo

Posted on 14/09/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced the completion of the first phase of the new cargo terminal for handling perishable goods at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This new facility will significantly improve the handling capabilities of Abu Dhabi Cargo Company (ADCC), the cargo handler and subsidiary of ADAC. With an area of over 6000 sq. meters, the new facility offers dedicated storage rooms to stock a range of perishable products such as meats and fruits; including a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport sees strong passenger growth of 13.3 percent in July

Posted on 08/09/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) released yesterday the traffic report for Abu Dhabi international Airport during the month of July 2011, which indicated a significant growth in passenger traffic by 13.3 percent with 1.2 million passengers passing through its facilities, surpassing for the second time the one million passenger milestone. Aircraft movements also continued to steadily grow with a 3.1 percent increase for the month of July totalling 9,700 movements. This growth is due to ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Executive Airport to host region's first General Aviation exhibition

Posted on 24/08/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday the launch of the first and only exhibition dedicated to general aviation in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi Air Expo. The exhibition will be hosted at Al Bateen Executive Airport in March 2012. The Middle East's general aviation sector witnessed significant growth of 30 percent in 2009 as compared to 2010 and currently represents more than 10 percent of the world market share, making it the ideal location for such an exclusive event. Abu ...  >>MORE

DDF to part-finance Concourse 4

Posted on 22/08/2011

Dubai Duty Free (DDF), the world's largest travel retail operation, will part-finance the development of a new concourse and terminal, part of the Dh28 billion expansion of Dubai International Airport, the world's fourth biggest international passenger hub, a top official said. "I am glad to say that Dubai Duty Free and Dubai Airports will mainly finance the development of Concourse 4 at Dubai International Airport," Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice-Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, told Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport Freezone ranked first overall Middle East Free Zone for second consecutive year: Financial Times

Posted on 21/08/2011

Dubai Airport Freezone has been ranked 1st Overall Middle East Free Zone 2011-2012 in the Middle East and North Africa region, in this year's Middle East Free Zone Rankings, released by Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine, a premier publication of The Financial Times. The Dubai Airport Freezone has also achieved first place in the Best Transportation Links category. The ranking comes as a result of the continuous efforts of Dubai Airport Freezone in providing quality services and ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 11.7 per cent increase in H1, 2011

Posted on 11/08/2011

As many as 5,742,283 passengers passed through the capital's airport during the period between January to June 2011, registering 11.7 per cent increase in traffic compared to the same period in 2010, Abu Dhabi Airports Company said yesterday in its traffic report for Abu Dhabi international Airport's first half of 2011. Aircraft movements also grew in tandem by 3.5 per cent compared with the first half of last year, with a total of 56,888 movements taking place at Abu Dhabi International ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company beats its waste recycling target for the first half of 2011

Posted on 04/08/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday that it has exceeded its set target for waste recycling during the first half of 2011, successfully recycling 21.36% of its waste. The announcement follows the launch of the company's policy and strategy set in 2010, which aims to increase the rate of recycled waste diversion at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Last January, ADAC announced its waste recycling results for 2010, which exceeded the pre-set targets of 15%, achieving an 18% ...  >>MORE

Emirates opens new First Class Lounge at Dubai Airport

Posted on 04/08/2011

Emirates has opened its second dedicated First Class Lounge at Terminal 3 - Dubai International Airport, making it the fourth dedicated premium Emirates Lounge in Dubai. The new Emirates Lounge, located at Concourse 1 in front of the Business Class Lounge, will facilitate easy and seamless travel for First Class passengers who may be departing from any of the 14 gates located in Concourse 1. Passengers now have an additional choice and can access a lounge more conveniently located to their ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport sees 7.5% uplift in Duty Free Sales

Posted on 03/08/2011

Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday revealed its Duty Free sales for the first half of 2011, announcing a total of Dh293 Million in sales and a robust 7.5% increase in comparison with the same period last year. The Duty Free shops in Terminal 3 in particular saw an impressive 59% increase, driven by the excellent performance from its 19 luxury boutiques. The Beauty '&' Fragrance shops also performed strongly supported by six different ‘First in the Middle East' product launches. Sales ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport launches the first personalised airport website

Posted on 28/07/2011

Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday launched its new website, http://www.abudhabiairport.ae introducing a range of innovative features, designed to enhance the entire travel experience for business and leisure travellers. The new website includes a unique feature through the "Passenger Guide" tab, allowing passengers to obtain information with regards to their airport experience according to their personal ...  >>MORE

Dubai International registers record passenger traffic

Posted on 26/07/2011

Dubai Airports yesterday released mid-year traffic results which confirm Dubai International recorded the busiest six months in its 50 year history as 24.6 million passengers passed through the world's fourth busiest airport for international passenger traffic during the first half of 2011, compared to 22.6 million in the corresponding period in 2010, an increase of 8.9 per cent. In June, Dubai International handled a total of 4.07 million passengers up 10.4 per cent from the 3.68 million ...  >>MORE

Airport security fee from July 28

Posted on 17/07/2011

A passenger who travels through the country's airports shall be charged Dh5 as an airport security and safety service fee. A ministerial decree No 16 to this effect for the year 2011 was issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The decision was published in the latest edition of the official gazette and comes into effect on July 28. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) shall collect the fee either ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free predicts revenue rise

Posted on 13/07/2011

Sales of perfume and giant Toblerones are adding up for Dubai Duty Free, which expects revenues to hit Dh12.5 billion (US$3.4bn) by 2020, more than double its current takings. The company employs 4,000 staff, but also aims to double this by 2020, said Colm McLoughlin, the managing director of Dubai Duty Free (DDF). "The projections for the airport, if you look up to 2020, [is] 98 million passengers in the year. And Dubai Duty Free, at that time, is expecting sales of about Dh12.5 billion,” ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Executive Airport sees 40% increase in private jet movements in first half of 2011

Posted on 12/07/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced that Al Bateen Executive Airport saw significant growth in business aviation in its half year results, with almost 40% growth in private jet movements versus the same period last year. The news follows the recent addition of Al Bateen's fifth operator, Rotana Jet, which launched operations with a Gulfstream G450 jet in early 2011. Commercial movements also witnessed an overall 12% growth for the period from January to June 2011 versus the ...  >>MORE

Dubai to invest US$7.8b in airport expansion

Posted on 07/07/2011

Dubai's plan to invest US$7.8 billion (Dh28.8 billion) in expanding airspace and airport capacity at Dubai International Airport over a 10-year period was on Wednesday approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The plan will see Dubai International Airport expanding its capacity from the current 60 million passengers per year to 90 million by 2018, according to Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport Freezone receives prestigious ISO 20000:2005

Posted on 04/07/2011

In a confirmation of its focus on improving customer service and maintaining international standards, the Dubai Airport Freezone became one of three organisations in Dubai to receive the coveted ISO 20000:2005 certification. This certification, that was adopted by the Information Technology Service Management Department in the free zone, will set mechanisms in place enabling the Dubai Airport Freezone to deliver quality technology services to its customers, further meet customer ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free posts 16.6% sales growth

Posted on 04/07/2011

Targeting US$1.4 billion in total annual sales for 2011, Dubai Duty Free (DDF) yesterday said it has achieved robust sales of US$698 million (Dh2.548 million) in the first half of the year, a 16.6 per cent increase over the same period last year. The unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region reduced travel to a considerable degree in the first half of the year. Asked what enabled Dubai Duty Free to achieve positive results in such a scenario, Colm McLoughlin, Managing ...  >>MORE

Noufa Al Afeefi the first UAE woman to become UAE Air Traffic Control Area Officer

Posted on 26/06/2011

After undergoing an extensive training program that lasted three years, UAE national Noufa AlAfeefi has become the first UAE female national to receive UAE Air Traffic Control Area Certificate from the General Civil Aviation Authority, to commence her work at the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre, the region's largest, most up-to-date air traffic control centre. Noufa AlAfeefi realises her unprecedented achievements, being the first female to become a UAE Air Traffic Control Area Officer- a ...  >>MORE

May sees 14% passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 22/06/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced it welcomed over 943,000 passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month of May, recording a robust 14% growth over last year's figures. Cargo traffic was also on the rise reaching 40,240 tonnes, with an increase of 4% compared to May 2010. Eng. Ahmed Al Haddabi, Senior Vice President of Airports Operations at ADAC commented:"The continuous increase of Abu Dhabi International Airport's passenger traffic goes in parallel with ...  >>MORE

Dubai international passenger traffic rises 8.8 percent in May

Posted on 22/06/2011

Dubai Airports yesterday released May traffic figures for Dubai International which show passenger numbers increased by 8.8 per cent year on year. May passenger numbers topped 3.97 million, up 325,000 or 8.8 per cent compared to 3.65 million passengers who passed through the airport during the same month in 2010. The year to date traffic stands at 20.5 million, an increase of 8.6 per cent over the corresponding period in 2010. Aircraft movements for the month totalled 26,969 up 4.6 per cent ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport named 'Best Airport in Middle East'

Posted on 20/06/2011

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) has been presented with the "Best Airport in the Middle East" and the "Best Airport for Tax Free Shopping, Globally" awards in the Business Destinations Travel Awards 2011, an announcement said yesterday. The awards acknowledge Abu Dhabi Airports Company's (ADAC) continuous commitment towards promoting a culture of excellence throughout Abu Dhabi International Airport, from customer service through to future expansion plans. ADAC provides a large ...  >>MORE

New passenger terminal set to open for private jets next year

Posted on 08/06/2011

Singapore The passenger terminal at Dubai's new airport — Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International, will now open for business with private and corporate jets next year rather than for full service carriers, according to Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, the operator of DWC and Dubai International. "That's likely to be the situation that we will open the facility initially for the general aviation community. We are now licensed to accommodate private jets at Dubai World Central ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport grows by 15 per cent in Passenger Traffic for April 2011

Posted on 31/05/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced that Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) saw a 15 per cent year on year increase in passenger traffic during the month of April, with a total of 996,000 passengers travelling through the Capital's airport last month. Last month also showed a significant rise in cargo volumes reaching 38,137 tonnes, a 13 per cent increase over the same month last year, mainly driven by the airlines' new cargo aircrafts and destinations at Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport promotes Emirati merchandise to UAE visitors

Posted on 25/05/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Abu Dhabi Women Association have launched UAE Hands, a boutique to promote local merchandise that introduces the UAE heritage and culture to international visitors arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The boutique, located at the arrivals section of Terminal 1, will exclusively sell Emirati homemade merchandises, and will be managed and staffed by Abu Dhabi Women Association. The UAE Hands boutique will feature traditional perfumery, scented oils ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans high-volume terminal for Al Maktoum International Airport

Posted on 24/05/2011

Dubai is planning to open at Al Maktoum International Airport by 2020 a passenger terminal capable of handing 80 million passengers a year. The terminal in Jebel Ali could mark the beginning of a migration of more than 130 airlines that currently serve Dubai's existing air hub, Dubai International Airport in Deira. Rashed Bu Qara'a, the chief operating officer of Dubai World Central, the master developer behind Al Maktoum International, said his company could spend several years planning ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport grows 13.2% last month

Posted on 22/05/2011

Dubai International Airport has registered a 13.2% increase in passenger traffic for April. Dubai Airports has said the figure was a rebound following the volcanic eruption in Iceland in April 2010. A total of 4.23 million passengers passed through the airport last month and year-to-date arrivals are up 8.5% to 16.5 million. The GCC region recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers in April up 29.1 per cent (+153,864 passengers), followed by Western Europe which grew by 20.1 ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen reports booming growth of 25 per cent in commercial movements for April

Posted on 17/05/2011

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Gulf Region's first and only dedicated private aviation airport operated and managed by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), has announced a 25% increase in commercial aircraft movements during April 2011 compared with the same month last year. The executive airport continues to register high double digit growth in its commercial traffic from both based and visiting aircraft operators. The figures follow hard on the heels of its 18% growth shown in Q1 2011 ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports passenger traffic to scale new heights

Posted on 16/05/2011

Amidst all the political turmoil in the region, Dubai Airports managed to increase first-quarter 2011 passenger traffic by 7 per cent at Dubai International Airport and is aiming for almost 100 million throughput by 2020. Dubai International Airport is forecast to become the world's busiest airport by 2015, the aviation body, which manages both Dubai International and DWC-Al Maktoum International airports, said during the Arabian Travel Market 2011 exhibition. Paul Griffiths, chief ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports to launch plans for Concourse 4 this year

Posted on 04/05/2011

Dubai Airports is planning to launch Concourse 4 at Dubai International Airport as part of its masterplan to be revealed this year, Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports, told Gulf News. Asked how soon the masterplan would be revealed, he said: "We are working on it at the moment. It's a very involved process. It could take several months. We are hoping it would be out this year." Dubai Airports incorporates Dubai International and the eagerly-awaited Dubai World Central-Al ...  >>MORE

GCAA sets up flight recorders laboratory in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 02/05/2011

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced the final set up of a Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorders (FDR and CVR, known as black boxes or flight recorders) Laboratory in its Abu Dhabi Headquarter. The equipment and systems of the Laboratory were provided by a specialised company named "CAE Flightscape", while a one week user's concentrated training was conducted for the GCAA's air accident investigators. The full run is expected to be in June 2011. Saif Mohammed Al ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi international Airport to witness more flights during summer season

Posted on 02/05/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday released the summer flight schedule from Abu Dhabi International Airport that introduces new destinations, frequency increases, and new airlines. According to the schedule, there is a 12.8 per cent increase in the total number of flights offered to and from the UAE capital during this summer season (April - October) compared to the same season last year. Analytically, in the summer 2011 Timetable, airlines at Abu Dhabi International Airport will ...  >>MORE

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New projects designed to make Sharjah airport bigger and better


September serves up windfall for tourism


Abu Dhabi Airports Company awards 10-year infrastructure contract to Juniper Networks


ADAC launches new self-service check-in facilities


58,000 air traffic movements in the UAE in September 2011


ADAC unveils First Airport Corporate Responsibility Report


Abu Dhabi International Airport foresees 8 percent growth in weekly flights in winter schedule


August sees 14 per cent passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport


GCAA launches on-line facility for Bird Strike and Wildlife Hazard Reporting


Dubai Airport registers over 4 million passengers in August


ADAC unveils new advanced Facility for Handling Perishable Cargo


Abu Dhabi International Airport sees strong passenger growth of 13.3 percent in July


Al Bateen Executive Airport to host region's first General Aviation exhibition


DDF to part-finance Concourse 4


Dubai Airport Freezone ranked first overall Middle East Free Zone for second consecutive year: Financial Times


Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport registers 11.7 per cent increase in H1, 2011


Abu Dhabi Airports Company beats its waste recycling target for the first half of 2011


Emirates opens new First Class Lounge at Dubai Airport


Abu Dhabi International Airport sees 7.5% uplift in Duty Free Sales


Abu Dhabi International Airport launches the first personalised airport website


Dubai International registers record passenger traffic


Airport security fee from July 28


Dubai Duty Free predicts revenue rise


Al Bateen Executive Airport sees 40% increase in private jet movements in first half of 2011


Dubai to invest US$7.8b in airport expansion


Dubai Airport Freezone receives prestigious ISO 20000:2005


Dubai Duty Free posts 16.6% sales growth


Noufa Al Afeefi the first UAE woman to become UAE Air Traffic Control Area Officer


May sees 14% passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport


Dubai international passenger traffic rises 8.8 percent in May


Abu Dhabi International Airport named 'Best Airport in Middle East'


New passenger terminal set to open for private jets next year


Abu Dhabi International Airport grows by 15 per cent in Passenger Traffic for April 2011


Abu Dhabi International Airport promotes Emirati merchandise to UAE visitors


Dubai plans high-volume terminal for Al Maktoum International Airport


Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport grows 13.2% last month


Al Bateen reports booming growth of 25 per cent in commercial movements for April


Dubai Airports passenger traffic to scale new heights


Dubai Airports to launch plans for Concourse 4 this year


GCAA sets up flight recorders laboratory in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi international Airport to witness more flights during summer season