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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

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

Passenger numbers fly high at Dubai airport

Posted on 26/04/2011

Passenger traffic rose at Dubai International Airport while cargo volumes declined slightly last month, Dubai Airports said yesterday. The company said its gains came even as political unrest caused passenger traffic in the Middle East and North Africa to drop by 47,000 compared with the same period last year. Dubai Airports also said the fall in freight business was attributable in part to the regional unrest. In addition, freight volumes were unusually high last year, when the region's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company crowned at the Routes Airport Marketing Awards in South Korea

Posted on 24/04/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), in a press release, announced today that it received the awards for Best Airport Marketing for both the Middle East '&' the Asian Subcontinent, and for the entire Asian region during the 9th Routes Asia Conference at South Korea. The award was delivered to ADAC in recognition of the company's active and effective efforts in developing airline and airport marketing initiatives to promote Abu Dhabi International Airport, its primary asset, and attract new ...  >>MORE

Dubai airports register rise in international passengers

Posted on 21/04/2011

More than 27 million passengers travelled through Dubai International Airport last year, said Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department, on Wednesday. He said his department processed 27,093,236 applications of passengers flying into and out of the emirate in 2010. A significant rise of 179,416 passengers has also been registered in the first quarter of 2011. "As many as 6,941,626 people entered and departed from the country ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi aviation firm lands deal with Turkish airline

Posted on 20/04/2011

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, has signed new long term agreements with Onur Air of Turkey, it said yesterday. ADAT will exclusively maintain Onur Air's General Electric engines installed on the Airbus A300 fleet for three years. The company has also signed an exclusive five year maintenance deal for Honeywell auxiliary power units on the Onur A330s. A third element of the deal is for ADAT to repair and maintain Onur ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport receives over 2.8 million passengers during Q1 2011

Posted on 17/04/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced that more than 2.8 million passengers have passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first quarter of 2011. This passenger traffic figure represents an increase of 9.4 per cent from same period last year. It added that between the months of January and March, the airport received 28,724 flights carrying 2,820,045 passengers. Cargo traffic was also on the rise, with an increase of 9 per cent throughout the three months. ...  >>MORE

GCAA records 9 per cent growth in Air Traffic Movements in Q1 2011

Posted on 14/04/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced yesterday a growth of nearly 9 per cent in the total air movements in UAE airspace during the first quarter of 2011. Total air movements in the first three months of the year were 167.221 thousand, compared to 153.387 thousand during the same period last year. The GCAA, also announced high growth rates in March 2011 when compared to last February and to March last year. This growth was noted in all air activities and operations, ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Executive Airport registers growth in Q1

Posted on 12/04/2011

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 an 18 per cent increase in commercial aircraft movements in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period last year. The Executive airport continues to register high double digit growth in its commercial traffic from both based and visiting aircraft operators. Commenting on this news, Yusuf Al Hamadi, Deputy ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport receives Staff Service Excellence Award

Posted on 07/04/2011

Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday announced that it has been awarded with the "Staff Service Excellence Award" for the Middle East by Skytrax - the World Airport Awards. Over the last 8 months, Skytrax has tallied daily results from various international airports around the world to monitor, assess and validate staff performance and customer feedback. Abu Dhabi International Airport's consistent delivery of world class services has set it apart from other airports. Ahmad Al Haddabi, ...  >>MORE

Al Ain airport named world's fourth best

Posted on 05/04/2011

As Fatima walks to her security check station, preparing for the next batch of passengers flying to India, she considers why people seem to like this place. "Maybe because we joke with them and we are nice," she says. And like it they do. In a confidential study for travel-industry insiders leaked to The Times newspaper in London, Al Ain International Airport was ranked fourth in the world by passengers. It was not the only UAE airport to make a strong showing in the Airport Service Quality ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free posts 13% increase in sales to Dh1.25b

Posted on 05/04/2011

The Dubai Duty Free has reported a 13 per cent increase in sales due to robust demand for gold, liquor and perfumes in the first three months of this year to US$343 million (Dh1.25 billion) despite the political unrest in the Middle East, the company said yesterday in a statement. According to the International Air Transport Association's latest statistics, the region's air traffic demand growth fell from 12 per cent in January to 8.4 per cent in February. "We sell to 50 per cent of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company opens check-in facility at ADNEC

Posted on 29/03/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company have announced the opening of Abu Dhabi International Airport Expo check-in at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) capable of handling both passenger and full baggage check-in. The facility is the only fully operational airport check-in facility to be operated in an exhibition centre in the Middle East, and was inaugurated yesterday by Huraiz Al Mur Bin Huraiz, Chief Commercial Officer of ADAC and Humaid ...  >>MORE

Dubai passenger traffic grows 5.2% despite global turmoil

Posted on 29/03/2011

Dubai International Airport — the fourth busiest in the world — shows no signs of waning passenger traffic in spite of regional turmoil that has disrupted air travel. Numbers released yesterday show Dubai International's passenger traffic increased 5.2 per cent year-on-year in February to 3.83 million, up from 3.64 million in the same month the year before. The upward trend continues after Dubai International recorded 15.5 per cent passenger growth in 2010, ranking it fourth globally when it ...  >>MORE

Ahmed bin Saeed releases book on Dubai Civil Aviation to mark 50th anniversary of Dubai Int'l Airport

Posted on 20/03/2011

H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Airlines and Group, released an Arabic book titled, Civil Aviation in Dubai - History and Future (1937-2020), which highlights the growth of the civil aviation industry since the late ‘30s and the growth of Dubai International Airport which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The 645-page book, authored by Ghassan Suleiman Amhaz, Media Relations Manager ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport becomes world's 13th busiest

Posted on 20/03/2011

Dubai International Airport has become the 13th busiest airport in the world in 2010 – gaining two places over the previous year, according to Airports Council International (ACI) figures. The number of passengers handled by Dubai airport reached 47.18 million last year – an increase of 15.4 per cent. The growth rate achieved by Dubai International was the third best globally after Shanghai (27.2 per cent) and Jakarta (18.4 per cent). Atlanta airport maintained its top position for the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports appoints two Emirati vice presidents

Posted on 08/03/2011

As part of its strategy to develop leadership among UAE national employees in the organisation, Dubai Airports has announced the appointment of two Emiratis to executive positions within Human Resources & Development department. Meshari Al Bannai, who joined the company as Head of Organisational Design in 2010, has been appointed as the Vice President of Human Resources, while Samya Ketait, who has worked through the ranks since joining Dubai Airports in 2000 as an IT Trainer, is now the Vice ...  >>MORE

Al Maktoum scheduled flights from 2012

Posted on 07/03/2011

The opening of the passenger terminal at Dubai's new airport will be further delayed to 2012, but the emirate's air industry should benefit from unrest in the Arab world, the chief executive of Dubai Airports said. "Over the next year or so, we are adding larger aircrafts and higher passenger numbers," Paul Griffiths told Reuters on Sunday. "It (Al Maktoum airport) will become a scheduled passenger and cargo airport during 2012." The opening of the Al Maktoum airport, estimated to cost ...  >>MORE

ADAC '&' Musanada sign Dh3 million agreement

Posted on 02/03/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Abu Dhabi General Services (Musanada) has announced the signing of a three-year contract worth Dh3 million to host Musanada's data centre at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The agreement was signed yesterday at ADAC headquarters in the presence of senior executives from both companies. The initiative acts as a platform for further collaboration between the Information and Communication Systems (ICS) team in ADAC and Musanada to develop IT solutions, and ...  >>MORE

Airport midfield terminal tender issued

Posted on 01/03/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced the release of the General Contractor Tender for the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), moving into the next phase of delivering Abu Dhabi International Airport with its iconic new terminal that will cater to the airport's dynamic passenger growth and support the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030. The design and engineering of the building has been carried out with the utmost due-diligence. Following a rigorous peer review with 6 world-leading airports, ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Opens for General Aviation operations

Posted on 27/02/2011

Dubai Airports officially opened Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International (DWC) for general aviation operations today following the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority's regulatory approval. The GCAA granted approval yesterday following a thorough review of safety, security and standard operational procedures and airport inspections. The UAE's aviation regulator also authorised issuance of an amended aerodrome certificate for helicopter operations and passenger aircraft operations with ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic continues to rise at Abu Dhabi airport

Posted on 27/02/2011

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) yesterday announced that Abu Dhabi International Airport experienced a 7 per cent increase in passenger traffic, with around one million passing through it in January. The airport also saw a 9 per cent rise in aircraft movements, reaching 9,899 in the month. Cargo traffic also rose, with an increase of 13 per cent over January 2010. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Senior Vice-President-Airports Operations at Adac said: "As we enter the New Year, the continuous growth ...  >>MORE

UAE air traffic set to grow 10%

Posted on 24/02/2011

The UAE air traffic will grow over ten per cent this year, according to a leading member of the trade body for airlines around the world. Speaking on Emirates 24|7 on Dubai One, Dr Majdi Sabri, the Regional Vice-President, Mena, of the International Air Transport Association says that the global airline industry is seeing a "shift eastwards”. Members of the IATA represent over 93 per cent of global airline traffic, and Dr Sabri says that the UAE is at the forefront of regional growth: ...  >>MORE

US$90 billion for Middle East's airports development

Posted on 07/02/2011

The GCC continues to allocate large investments for developing new and existing airports with major expansions in the region's 1, 200 international, domestic and defence airports as well as new projects expected to cost around US$90 billion over the next few years, according to REED Exhibitions Middle East, one of the leading organisers of trade and consumer exhibitions including the Airport Show 2011. According to statistics from Airport Council International (ACI), and the International ...  >>MORE

Al Bateen Executive Airport reports sharp increase in traffic through 2010

Posted on 06/02/2011

United Arab Emirates: Al Bateen Executive Airport, operated and managed by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), yesterday reported a 36% increase in commercial aviation movements when compared to 2009. This increase demonstrates the success of the airport in attracting corporate and VIP clients into the only dedicated business aviation airport in the GCC region, through the development of dedicated facilities for operators, pilots and passengers. ‘Steve Jones, General Manager, Al Bateen ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports to focus on existing terminals

Posted on 06/02/2011

Dubai's new Al Maktoum International Airport is likely to see another delay in opening of its passenger terminal, which is set to open in October this year. Dubai Airports, the operator of the two airports in the emirate, is fully focused on its existing passenger terminals as demand is increasing every day. Last month the operator announced its full year 2010 results that revealed a 15.3 per cent growth in passenger demand over 2009. It is estimated that the airport will handle 52.2 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company posts Dh582 million retail revenue in 2010

Posted on 31/01/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the operator of Abu Dhabi's five airports, revealed today that Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) retail revenue reached Dh582 million in 2010, setting a new record for the company. The figure represents a 15 per cent increase over 2009 sales performance. This strong retail performance is mostly attributable to the Abu Dhabi International Airport's passenger growth (+12 per cent) and the marketing initiatives targeting passengers throughout 2010. In ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport to surpass 50m passengers this year

Posted on 27/01/2011

Dubai International Airport (DIA) will surpass 50 million passengers this year at an annual growth rate of 11 per cent on the back of airlines entering new markets, officials said. Paul Griffiths, chief executive of DIA, said the airport saw the launch of 22 new routes in the past year. Many of these were by airlines that started operating from the airport last year. They include Indonesian airline Garuda, Air Berlin, Kingfisher and China Eastern. "All of our 130 airlines are posting strong ...  >>MORE

Sharjah International Airport sees air traffic growth by 9.4 per cent to 6.3 million passengers in 2010

Posted on 25/01/2011

The Sharjah International Airport registered record passenger growth by 9.41 per cent to 6. 31 million passengers compared to 2009. According to the statistical report of the year ended Dec. 31, 2010, the number of passengers at the airport rose to 6.31 million passengers compared to 5.7 million passengers in 2009. Meanwhile, the flights traffic through the airport in the same period reached 65, 401 flights against 61, 451 in 2009, increasing by 6.43 per cent annually. The report reflects the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company records 12.2 per cent growth in passenger traffic last year

Posted on 24/01/2011

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has released yesterday the performance report of Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) for 2010 showing a 12.2 per cent growth in passenger traffic at the Capital's international Airport compared with 2009, with nearly 11 million passengers passing through the airport. The positive passenger development during the year 2010 is also reflected in the aircraft movement numbers that reached 112,000 aircraft, a jump of 10 per cent in comparison to 2009. Air cargo ...  >>MORE

Dubai among top 3 favoured airports

Posted on 13/01/2011

Dubai International Airport has been voted by frequent travellers among the top three favourite airports in the world. Dubai ranked third in the world after Singapore's Changi Airport and Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok, according to a survey among more than 9,000 members of Priority Pass, the world's leading independent airport lounge programme. The surveyed are frequent flyers from 150 countries. Dubai International Airport is clearly ahead of the airports in Europe and the Americas. For the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sales jump 14% in 2010

Posted on 03/01/2011

Airport duty free shopping is not just about last-minute gifts or tax-free bargains. Many UAE travellers on outgoing flights utilise duty free shops to load their bags without having to pay extra bucks for excess luggage — which is adding to the sales revenue of one of the world's top travel retailers — Dubai Duty Free. Dubai Duty Free announced yesterday double digit sales growth for 2010 with turnover reaching a record Dh4.66 billion (US$1.27 billion), a 14 per cent increase over 2009. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free sees sales at US$1.25b in 2010

Posted on 30/12/2010

The world's largest airport retailer Dubai Duty Free is expected to achieve a double-digit growth in sales in 2010 and sees another busy year ahead, the company said. The year-end sales are expected to reach US$1.25 billion, 9.6 per cent up, compared to US$1.14 sales the airport retailer achieved in 2009, the company said. It recorded a 3.76 per cent growth in sales in 2009. "Dubai Duty Free can reflect on another busy and successful year that has seen a number of significant developments ...  >>MORE

Dubai International passenger traffic surges 15 per cent

Posted on 28/12/2010

Dubai International's passenger traffic surpassed the four million mark for the second consecutive month in November and for the third time in 2010 according to traffic data released yesterday by Dubai Airports. The airport handled a total of 4,070,296 passengers, up 15.1 per cent from the 3,535,882 in November 2009. Year to date passenger numbers reached 42,921,782 compared to the 37,123,392 recorded in the corresponding period in 2009, an increase of 15.6 per cent. Routes to and from the ...  >>MORE

Capital's airport continues to grow by double digits

Posted on 26/12/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) on Saturday said Abu Dhabi International Airport registered a 15.4 per cent increase in passenger traffic in Nov-ember, continuing the positive trend the airport has been experiencing this year to 949,000 passengers. Aircraft movements grew by 5.7 per cent to 9,800. The airport's traffic report for November revealed 9 per cent growth in cargo traffic, with close to 40,000 tonnes of freight handled throughout the month, making it the second busiest month of ...  >>MORE

44.5 per cent increase in Abu Dhabi International Airport's Duty Free revenues

Posted on 23/12/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), announced a 44.5 per cent increase in Duty Free revenues and a 16 per cent increase in passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the F1 season in November, compared to same period of last year's race. The announcement was made during a prize draw event following a successful F1 promotional campaign at the capital's airport Duty Free. The ceremony was held yesterday at Yas Marina Circuit and attended by senior ADAC officials. Following the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airport's Customs foil attempt to smuggle fake traveller's checks worth Dh12 million

Posted on 21/12/2010

Dubai Customs' inspectors at Dubai International Airport foiled an attempt to smuggle fake traveller's checks in Dollar and Euro with a total value of DHS12 million, as well as a number of other fake bank checks. Ali Maqhawi, Director of the Custom's Airport Operations said that one of the female inspectors in the airport's terminal 3 suspected the passenger's bag. She manually inspected it and found 3471 fake traveller's check papers. The value of the dollar traveller's checks mounted to ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free expects revenue to double

Posted on 21/12/2010

Dubai Duty Free, the world's largest airport retailer, expects annual revenue to double to US$2.56 billion (Dh9.4 billion) within six years, on the back of growing passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport. "Traffic through the airport is up, between 14-15 per cent on last year and there are 46 million passengers expected this year. Next year it's 52 million. So when these extra passengers come in, we sell a little bit more," Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free, said ...  >>MORE

ADAC honours its ten millionth passenger

Posted on 15/12/2010

Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADAC) welcomed its ten millionth passenger within less than one year, achieving one more record in its recent history. To celebrate this significant milestone, ADAC hosted a VIP welcome for the ten millionth passenger to travel through the airport, the three year old Dana Al Malki, who arrived with her family from Chicago, USA onboard Etihad Airways, the national carrier of United Arab Emirates. The young passenger was presented with complementary Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens premium lounge at Manchester T1

Posted on 12/12/2010

The United Arab Emirates national airline has created an area for its passengers to relax in Manchester Airport's Terminal 1, as part of the airline's continued commitment to the region. In 2009, the airline signed a three-year deal to be the official shirt sponsor and partner of Manchester City FC and the new lounge features a mural dedicated to the club. Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer of Etihad Airways, said: "Manchester has always been an important market for Etihad and the ...  >>MORE

ADAC welcomes Cathay Pacific to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/12/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday welcomed the announcement of the launch of Cathay Pacific's new service between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, commencing from June 2nd next year connecting for the first time the UAE Capital with one of the major gateways and financial centres of the Asia Pacific region. The Hong Kong based carrier will connect Abu Dhabi International Airport with Hong Kong International Airport with four flights per week and will also provide seamless connectivity to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company announces a 13.3% increase in passenger traffic

Posted on 30/11/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced a 13.3% increase in passenger traffic for the month of October 2010, over the same month in the previous year, with passenger numbers reaching 904,000. Aircraft movements during the month grew to 9,500 while cargo traffic continued its positive course with an increase of 11%. The report indicates that the top five routes for the month of October are London, Bangkok, Manila, Doha and Frankfurt. The Philippines and the United States ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi international Airport to witness more flights during summer season


Passenger numbers fly high at Dubai airport


Abu Dhabi Airports Company crowned at the Routes Airport Marketing Awards in South Korea


Dubai airports register rise in international passengers


Abu Dhabi aviation firm lands deal with Turkish airline


Abu Dhabi International Airport receives over 2.8 million passengers during Q1 2011


GCAA records 9 per cent growth in Air Traffic Movements in Q1 2011


Al Bateen Executive Airport registers growth in Q1


Abu Dhabi International Airport receives Staff Service Excellence Award


Al Ain airport named world's fourth best


Dubai Duty Free posts 13% increase in sales to Dh1.25b


Abu Dhabi Airports Company opens check-in facility at ADNEC


Dubai passenger traffic grows 5.2% despite global turmoil


Ahmed bin Saeed releases book on Dubai Civil Aviation to mark 50th anniversary of Dubai Int'l Airport


Dubai airport becomes world's 13th busiest


Dubai Airports appoints two Emirati vice presidents


Al Maktoum scheduled flights from 2012


ADAC '&' Musanada sign Dh3 million agreement


Airport midfield terminal tender issued


Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Opens for General Aviation operations


Passenger traffic continues to rise at Abu Dhabi airport


UAE air traffic set to grow 10%


US$90 billion for Middle East's airports development


Al Bateen Executive Airport reports sharp increase in traffic through 2010


Dubai Airports to focus on existing terminals


Abu Dhabi Airports Company posts Dh582 million retail revenue in 2010


Dubai airport to surpass 50m passengers this year


Sharjah International Airport sees air traffic growth by 9.4 per cent to 6.3 million passengers in 2010


Abu Dhabi Airports Company records 12.2 per cent growth in passenger traffic last year


Dubai among top 3 favoured airports


Dubai Duty Free sales jump 14% in 2010


Dubai Duty Free sees sales at US$1.25b in 2010


Dubai International passenger traffic surges 15 per cent


Capital's airport continues to grow by double digits


44.5 per cent increase in Abu Dhabi International Airport's Duty Free revenues


Dubai Airport's Customs foil attempt to smuggle fake traveller's checks worth Dh12 million


Dubai Duty Free expects revenue to double


ADAC honours its ten millionth passenger


Etihad opens premium lounge at Manchester T1


ADAC welcomes Cathay Pacific to Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Airports Company announces a 13.3% increase in passenger traffic