Abu Dhabi airport sees 12.8% cargo growth

Abu Dhabi Airports reported a year of solid growth in 2014, setting new annual records in passenger figures, aircraft and freight traffic.

Abu Dhabi International Airport Ali Majed Al Mansoori Midfield Terminal Complex UAE

Abu Dhabi International Airport handled 797,069 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, representing a 12.8 per cent on the previous year. Th airport also welcomed 20 million passengers during 2014, which is 20 per cent more than in 2013 and a record year for the airport. 

Commenting on these numbers, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is playing a fundamental role in supporting the drive by the emirate of Abu Dhabi to grow its global position as a key player in various dynamic industries, including aviation, both through offering excellent services for passengers, and by increasing capacity to meet the continuing growth in demand.”

 Figures for the December 2014 showed that the airport ended the year on a high note with cargo tonnage up 5.6 per cent to 69,736 tonnes. Also last month, the airport re-opened its newly renovated Southern Runway as part of its expansion plans in preparation for the iconic Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) becoming operational in 2017. The Southern Runway is now fully functional alongside the parallel Northern Runway. Together, both runways will reach a total combined capacity in excess of 500,000 aircraft movements annually.