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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AIRPORTS

Abu Dhabi Airports Company launches new airport brand: Shop-Dine-Unwind

Posted on 13/05/2010

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has launched its new brand concept: Shop-Dine-Unwind on the second day of the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) event, running in Singapore this week. Having changed from a direct operator to a landlord for its duty free operations, the relevance of the existing Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) brand was brought into question. ADAC currently manages five airports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi and sees potential, in the long-term, as an airport asset ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport's Company and Air France celebrate arrival of the inaugural non-stop flight from Paris

Posted on 05/05/2010

Abu Dhabi International Airport saw yesterday the arrival of Air France's Airbus A330 on its first nonstop flight between Paris and Abu Dhabi. Air France flight AF 3848 touched down at 10:25pm local time and was welcomed by the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airport's Company (ADAC), H.E. Khalifa Al Mazrouei and other high ranking officials in a ceremony celebrating Air France's inaugural flight. In the spirit of mutual co-operation and development that the new route highlights, a delegation of Abu ...  >>MORE

Fujairah airport sets infrastructure goal

Posted on 02/05/2010

Fujairah International Airport (FIA) is positioning itself as the UAE's aircraft-dismantling centre as it invests hundreds of millions of dirhams in infrastructure development. While the country's larger airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are hubs for passenger and cargo movements, the northern emirate airport has been gradually expanding its private charter or business jet revenues and is now looking into non-aeronautical business streams. The airport is building long-term aircraft parking ...  >>MORE

UAE spends Dh31.6m on airport security

Posted on 02/05/2010

UAE airport security spending has been estimated at Dh31.6 million (US$8.6 million) for 2009, accounting for 23 per cent of the total Middle East expenditure in the sector, say experts at Frost and Sullivan, the growth partnership company. This spending is expected to further increase over the next five years as the US$7.2 billion Dubai International Airport expansion gets underway, along with the construction of the US$10bn Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport project that is ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport passenger traffic up 21.8% in 2009

Posted on 28/04/2010

Dubai International Airport posted an increase of 21.8 per cent in passenger numbers during March, taking the total to a record 3,968,672 in the month compared to 3,259,072 during the same period last year. Cargo also continued its resurgence in March with volumes increasing 21.9 per cent to 194,100 tonnes compared to 159,301 tonnes recorded in March 2009, said Dubai Airports in a press statement. During the first quarter, Dubai International passenger traffic grew 20.4 per cent and cargo ...  >>MORE

Airport show opens with increasing participation

Posted on 26/04/2010

Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, inaugurated the 10th edition of the Airport Show Sunday. The show saw a 7 per cent increase in the number of exhibitors to 223 compared with 210 in 2009. This year, many more suppliers have gathered in hopes of winning contracts for regional airport development. Thirty-four countries are participating in the event, which occupies a gross exhibition space of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport's duty free sales rise 26.1%

Posted on 25/04/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced yesterday at the Airport Show 2010 in Dubai that an increase of 26.1 per cent in duty free sales was realised in the first quarter of 2010. Based on a parallel 13.8 per cent increase in passengers, over the same period, the results clearly demonstrate a returning consumer confidence in the Abu Dhabi travel retail sector, after the recent effects of the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009. Chief Commercial Officer for ADAC, Huraiz Almur Bin Huraiz, ...  >>MORE

Stranded passengers get courtesy trips to Abu Dhabi's top attractions

Posted on 22/04/2010

Some of the 2,500 travellers stranded in Abu Dhabi after being unable to reconnect to onward transit flights because of the volcanic ash situation which has grounded many flights and closed airports in Europe, have been given complimentary tours of the emirate's top attractions as the local travel and tourism industry sprang into action. The initiative, spearheaded by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), saw hotels and Etihad - the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates - ...  >>MORE

UAE diplomatic missions abroad offer assistance to 181 UAE stranded passengers

Posted on 22/04/2010

UAE diplomatic missions in Europe have offered assistance to 181 stranded UAE passengers in European countries which closed their airspaces due to the volcanic ash clouds, a UAE Foreign Ministry official has announced. The UAE embassies abroad, he said, had provided those citizens with all necessary facilities, temporary visas, and train tickets to streamline their movement between European cities. Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, Director General of Foreign Ministry, was commenting on reports by ...  >>MORE

Officials at Dubai airport visit stranded passengers

Posted on 21/04/2010

A team from the operations division at the Dubai airport terminal paid a visit to the transit passengers stranded in Dubai as a result of the disruption of flights to European routes cased by ash clouds formed in the airspace after the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland. The team inspected the conditions of these passengers and updated them on the latest developments regarding the movement of flights through the airport and assured them of the efforts of Dubai Airports to provide necessary ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport sees 13.8% increase in passenger traffic in Q1 2010

Posted on 21/04/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday released traffic figures for the first quarter of 2010 with a strong +13.8% passenger increase posted at Abu Dhabi International Airport passenger traffic over the same period last year. Abu Dhabi International also continued to maintain a robust performance on cargo with a +22.2% increase in tonnage during the same period. Aircraft movements for the first three months were also positive, posting a +13.9% increase. The month of March alone saw ...  >>MORE

UAE a favourite destination for GCC citizens: Arab and International report

Posted on 21/04/2010

Cairo - The Arab report on labour mobility between the UAE and countries in the region, stressed that the UAE is a major destination to greater number of the GCC citizens due to its financial sector growth, availability of jobs and better living conditions. According to the report prepared by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Arab Labour Organisation (ALO), the UAE is attractive destination because of good salaries and demand for foreign expertise. It praised the steps ...  >>MORE

UAE to issue visas for stranded travellers

Posted on 20/04/2010

People stranded at UAE airports due to the volcanic ash will be issued the 96 hours visa at the airport, in an effort to ease their travelling procedures. Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has instructed concerned authorities to facilitate the visa process for people affected by the crisis. Affected people can approach the passport control officer upon their arrival at the airport and can be issued visa according to the 96 ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport waives up to Dh1m in aircraft fees

Posted on 20/04/2010

Dubai Airports would be foregoing up to Dh1 million in revenues from aircraft parking fees (for the first five days of volcanic eruptions) as the airport body waived off fee for airlines with stranded aircraft at Dubai International Airport. The airport normally offers free parking for the first three hours for a wide body type aircraft, followed by Dh300 for the first charging hour (after end of free period), and then Dh550 per each additional hour, according to Dubai International's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport offers 10% more scheduled flights in the 2010 summer season

Posted on 08/04/2010

A combination of frequency increases, new destinations and new airlines establishing an Abu Dhabi route will lead to a 10% projected increase in the total number of flights offered to and from the UAE capital this summer scheduling season (April - October) compared to the same season last year, according to Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC). Analytically, in the Summer 2010 Timetable, airlines at ADIA will be operating 835 weekly scheduled flights, connecting ADIA to 80 international ...  >>MORE

DDF sales surge 21 per cent

Posted on 02/04/2010

Dubai Duty Free, or DDF, on Thursday said its sales in the first quarter of 2010 surged by 21 per cent, signalling the return of consumer confidence. DDF, which operates retail outlets at the three terminals of Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, said first quarter sales reached Dh1.1 billion. The sales boost was driven by a pickup in airport traffic in the first quarter. Dubai airport, the world's fastest growing in terms of international passengers among the ...  >>MORE

Al Maktoum airport to open partially in June

Posted on 24/03/2010

Dubai will open the first section of its new international airport in June. Al Maktoum International Airport will open a cargo terminal on June 27 with an initial capacity of 250,000 tonnes a year, Andrew Walsh, vice-president for cargo and logistics at Dubai World Central, the airport developer, said in an interview Tuesday. The terminal's capacity will increase to 600,000 tonnes a year, he said. Dubai is expanding airport capacity to grab a bigger share of global trade and tourism. The ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport passenger traffic surges in February

Posted on 23/03/2010

Dubai International Airport saw passenger numbers and cargo volumes jump more than 20 percent in February as the hub continued to benefit from a global recovery in air traffic. Passenger numbers climbed 22.6 percent to 3.64 million from 2.97 million a year earlier, while cargo volumes swelled 26.7 percent to 171,707 tonnes from 135,495 tonnes, Dubai Airports said in a statement. February was Dubai International's ninth consecutive month of double-digit passenger growth. The airport saw ...  >>MORE

February passenger traffic up 17.2% at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 22/03/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) today released its monthly traffic report for Abu Dhabi International Airport, which shows strong passenger and cargo growth for February 2010, over the same month last year. Passenger traffic increased by 17.2% with aircraft movements up by 13.3% and cargo tonnage handled grew by 17.6%, compared to February 2009. The year-to-date figures, for the first two months of the year, also showed robust growth at 14.0%. Bangkok became the airport's busiest ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport among top in the world to post gains

Posted on 18/03/2010

The Dubai airport is among the four in the world's Top 20 list that posted gains in 2009, according to an Airports Council International (ACI) statement released yesterday. The others were Beijing, Bangkok and San Francisco, it said. Beijing airport became the world's third-busiest last year after its passenger total jumped 17 per cent to 65.3 million, ACI said. Atlanta Hartsfield remained number one with almost 88 million passengers, down 2.3 per cent, ACI said. London Heathrow ranked ...  >>MORE

Boarding pass reader to aid E-gate users

Posted on 10/03/2010

New boarding pass scanners have been introduced for E-gate users at the Dubai and Abu Dhabi international airports. The first phase of the boarding pass reading system is being implemented in the two emirates but it will later be extended to all airports across the UAE to enhance security. Major General Ahmad Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Central Operations in the Abu Dhabi Police, clarified that the new boarding system named ‘Emirates E-Gate' has been introduced at the Abu Dhabi and ...  >>MORE

Al Maktoum International to stimulate growth

Posted on 08/03/2010

The work on the world's largest airport – Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International – seems to be in full swing, preparing for the grand opening of the airport on June 27 this year, after facing a year's delay. Located 40km away from the existing Dubai International airport, the new airport is taking shape in the heart of US$33 billion (Dh121.12bn) Dubai World Central development in Jebel Ali. Besides the DWC-Al Maktoum International, DWC is designed to comprise five more specialised ...  >>MORE

ADAC welcomes Afghan national carrier - Ariana - to Al Ain International

Posted on 28/02/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) welcomed the arrival of Ariana Afghan Airlines, the national carrier of Afghanistan, to Al Ain International Airport with the weekly return service, from Kabul to Al Ain. Ariana will now operate on Fridays offering both business and economy class products, said a press release from ADAC. ADAC's first new airline partner of 2010, Ariana Afghan Airlines' UAE Manager, Sayed Abdul Hadi Sayar said: "We are pleased to be adding another route to Ariana's expanding ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports is fifth largest global cargo handler

Posted on 28/02/2010

Dubai Airports jumped two steps higher to become the fifth largest cargo handler following a 5.6 per cent growth in air freight in 2009. Memphis International Airport is the world's largest cargo airport for the 18th straight year followed by Hong Kong and Shanghai. Although the Airports Council International (ACI) index, updated on February 15, continues to place Dubai Airport, in the seventh position based on cargo handled during the past 12 months, ending November 2009, the emirate has ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's new airport tower to open this year

Posted on 26/02/2010

Abu Dhabi's new air traffic control centre tower (ATC) is scheduled to begin operations by the middle of this year, a source close to the developments at the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) told Gulf News on Thursday. "The air traffic control tower is a part of the US$6.8 billion (Dh25 billion) redevelopment plan for Abu Dhabi International Airport," he said. With regard to the new ATC tower the ADAC source said that Thales is involved in the technology and in integrating the systems and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport records double-digit passenger, cargo and aircraft movement growth in January

Posted on 25/02/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday released its January 2010 traffic report for Abu Dhabi International Airport, which shows the total number of passengers travelling through the airport grew by 11.2% over the same month last year; correspondingly, aircraft movements increased by 13.3% and cargo saw a significant rebound, up 25.6% over the same period. World class conferences and exhibitions in Abu Dhabi, such as the recent World Future Energy Summit, continue to support passenger ...  >>MORE

Dubai International traffic increases signal industry rebound

Posted on 24/02/2010

Dubai International started the New Year on a high note with more than 3.86 million passengers using the facility in January 2010. This is the eighth consecutive month of double-digit passenger traffic growth and the highest single month passenger total ever recorded at Dubai International surpassing the previous record of 3.81 million passengers in December 2009. According to the monthly traffic figures announced by Dubai Airports today, passenger traffic swelled to 3,861,525 in January ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi In-flight Catering Co. records delay-free year

Posted on 21/02/2010

Following on from its International Air Transport Association (IATA) Gold Award, Abu Dhabi In-flight Catering Company (ADIFC), along with its management partners LSG Sky Chefs, has announced its 2009 on-time performance results, with 44,783 flights catered and zero associated delays recorded. Despite the volume of catered-flights increasing by 41.3 per cent over the last three years, ADIFC and LSG has seen a corresponding decrease in flight delays attributed to catering operations. ADIFC ...  >>MORE

ADAC and Al Jaber Aviation sign largest tenancy deal at Al Bateen Executive Airport

Posted on 09/02/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has signed a landmark 10-year leasing deal with Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), which will see the new leading provider of VIP aviation based at Al Bateen Executive Airport, in the heart of the UAE capital. The deal makes Al Jaber Aviation the largest tenant to sign up at Al Bateen - the region's only dedicated private aviation airport - since ADAC took over the management of the airport in 2009. Declared as a ‘win-win' situation for both partners, AJA's new ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport records a 7.3% increase in passenger traffic in 2009

Posted on 01/02/2010

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) released its full year traffic figures for Abu Dhabi International Airport today, with passenger numbers showing a solid 7.3% growth rate throughout 2009 reaching 9.7m for the year. Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the few aviation hubs in the world to have achieved a healthy growth, while it has considerably outperformed the negative global average (-3.0%). Cargo traffic also demonstrated a robust increase of 7.0%, while total flights amounted to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi airport seeks EOI for terminal building

Posted on 25/01/2010

The Supervision Committee for the Expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport has invited expression of interest (EOI) from general contractors in the prequalification for the Midfield Terminal Building construction by February 1. The building will serve as the base of operations for Etihad Airways, the national carrier, and will have a built up area of 630,000 sqm. It will initially have the capacity to serve in excess of 20 million passengers annually. The Midfield Terminal Complex, ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport posts 9.2 percent growth in 2009

Posted on 14/01/2010

The Dubai International Airport was used by more than 40 million passengers in 2009, a 9.2 percent increase in numbers as compared to 2008, according to Dubai Airports. In December last year, the airport handled 3.8 million passengers, 14.5 percent more than December 2008, the company said. According to the Airports Council International, only four out of the 50 busiest airports in the world recorded an increase in passenger traffic in 2009, and apart from Dubai, the other airports include ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free records US$1.14 billion annual sales

Posted on 04/01/2010

In a year that posed many challenges for the global airport retail sector, Dubai Duty Free has bucked the trend by announcing record annual sales of Dh4.1 billion (US$1.140 billion) for 2009, representing a 3.76 per cent increase over the previous year. "Dubai Duty Free, like most businesses, felt the impact of the global recession particularly in the early part of the year. However, I am delighted that the operation has successfully turned sales around in the second half and that a new ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Duty Free revenues exceed Dh500m for first time

Posted on 31/12/2009

Abu Dhabi International Airport Duty Free on Wednesday announced a year-on-year revenue return of 12.7 per cent for 2009, against a 7.5 per cent growth in passenger numbers. Average passenger spend was up 5.5 per cent and the total revenue surpassed Dh500 million this year for the first time. "This is yet another milestone in revenue and we attribute this success largely to the launch of Abu Dhabi International's new Terminal 3 facility launched earlier this year," said Huraiz Al Mur Bin ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport continues double-digit growth in November

Posted on 23/12/2009

Dubai International Airport, or DIA, continued double-digit growth for the sixth consecutive month as it recorded 12.6 per cent passenger traffic growth in November. The airport, home to the Middle East biggest airline Emirates, handled a total of 3.52 million passengers in November 2009 compared to 3.13 million during the same month last year, raising the year to-date passenger throughput to 37.08 million – up 8.5 per cent over the first 11 months of 2008. "We are bullish about our ...  >>MORE

Dubai Duty Free celebrates 26th year

Posted on 21/12/2009

Dubai Duty Free (DDF) celebrated its 26th anniversary on Sunday with a 25 per cent sale on its merchandise and gave away US$1 million in a draw, as well as a Mercedes Benz S500 and two Harley Davidson motorbikes. The outlet has seen a steady increase in annual sales from Dh73 million in 1984 to an estimated Dh4 billion by the end of this year. On December 20 last year on Dubai Duty Free's 25th anniversary, the operation recorded sales of US$20 million (Dh73.4 million) in the 24-hour period ...  >>MORE

Dnata acquires two ground handling operations in UK

Posted on 05/12/2009

Dnata, a unit of the Emirates Group said on Thursday it was acquiring two British ground handling operations. "These acquisitions, which are valued at US$25.05 million, mark Dnata's entry into the airport handling business in the UK," it said in a statement. The transaction will be completed on January 30, it said. The group is buying Plane Handling Ltd, part of the Go-Ahead Group, and passenger and ramp handling operations at Terminal 3 and 4 at London Heathrow Airport from Aviance Ltd, ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport to see over 40 million passengers

Posted on 24/11/2009

Dubai International Airport is expected to see 40.5 million passengers passing through by the end of this year at an increase of 8 per cent over 2008, according to Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Group. The announcement was made at The Middle East Duty Free Association's conference that took place today in Dubai. Meanwhile. Dubai Duty Free retail sales will increase by 4 per cent by the end of ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport approaches 40 million passenger mark

Posted on 17/11/2009

Passenger traffic at the Dubai International Airport is on track to pass 40 million this year, its chief executive says. The number of travellers served by the airport increased by 11.7 per cent last month compared with October last year, boosted by the start of the travel season and the continued capacity growth of Emirates Airline. "We are definitely on track to surpass the 40 million passenger mark this year, spurred by the growth of Emirates Airline, the onset of the tourist season and ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Air Traffic Control Centre to be officially inaugurated on November 14

Posted on 11/11/2009

Ahead of its official opening under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on November 14th 2009, key local and international media today visited the UAE's new Air Traffic Control Centre, the Sheikh Zayed Centre. Hosted by the Director General of the UAE'S General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Saif Mohammed Al Kuwaiti, the media undertook a comprehensive tour of the facility as well as being briefed by key GCAA officials on its significance in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi International Airport posts 7.5% growth on Q1-Q3

Posted on 03/11/2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - From the ACI World Annual General Assembly, opened in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Abu Dhabi International Airport announced its traffic figures for the first three quarters of 2009, demonstrating continued and steady passenger growth at +7.5 per cent, over the same period last year. Set against the backdrop of the airport industry's largest annual event; the traffic figures, released by the UAE's largest airport operator, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), also showed a ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Airports Company launches new airport brand: Shop-Dine-Unwind


Abu Dhabi Airport's Company and Air France celebrate arrival of the inaugural non-stop flight from Paris


Fujairah airport sets infrastructure goal


UAE spends Dh31.6m on airport security


Dubai airport passenger traffic up 21.8% in 2009


Airport show opens with increasing participation


Abu Dhabi airport's duty free sales rise 26.1%


Stranded passengers get courtesy trips to Abu Dhabi's top attractions


UAE diplomatic missions abroad offer assistance to 181 UAE stranded passengers


Officials at Dubai airport visit stranded passengers


Abu Dhabi Airport sees 13.8% increase in passenger traffic in Q1 2010


UAE a favourite destination for GCC citizens: Arab and International report


UAE to issue visas for stranded travellers


Dubai airport waives up to Dh1m in aircraft fees


Abu Dhabi International Airport offers 10% more scheduled flights in the 2010 summer season


DDF sales surge 21 per cent


Al Maktoum airport to open partially in June


Dubai airport passenger traffic surges in February


February passenger traffic up 17.2% at Abu Dhabi International Airport


Dubai airport among top in the world to post gains


Boarding pass reader to aid E-gate users


Al Maktoum International to stimulate growth


ADAC welcomes Afghan national carrier - Ariana - to Al Ain International


Dubai Airports is fifth largest global cargo handler


Abu Dhabi's new airport tower to open this year


Abu Dhabi International Airport records double-digit passenger, cargo and aircraft movement growth in January


Dubai International traffic increases signal industry rebound


Abu Dhabi In-flight Catering Co. records delay-free year


ADAC and Al Jaber Aviation sign largest tenancy deal at Al Bateen Executive Airport


Abu Dhabi Airport records a 7.3% increase in passenger traffic in 2009


Abu Dhabi airport seeks EOI for terminal building


Dubai airport posts 9.2 percent growth in 2009


Dubai Duty Free records US$1.14 billion annual sales


Abu Dhabi Duty Free revenues exceed Dh500m for first time


Dubai International Airport continues double-digit growth in November


Dubai Duty Free celebrates 26th year


Dnata acquires two ground handling operations in UK


Dubai International Airport to see over 40 million passengers


Dubai airport approaches 40 million passenger mark


Sheikh Zayed Air Traffic Control Centre to be officially inaugurated on November 14


Abu Dhabi International Airport posts 7.5% growth on Q1-Q3