Posted by Bob Brunskill
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is predicting a ten per cent increase in the total number of flights offered to and from the UAE capital this summer.
ADAC said the surge in traffic during the summer scheduling season (April - October) would be down to a combination of frequency increases, new destinations and new airlines establishing an Abu Dhabi route.
It added that the expansion of Etihad Airways, the UAE's flag carrier, will be a significant contributor to the growth as it launches five flights per week to Tokyo and Nagoya as well as a frequency increase to other destinations.
New airlines offering flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) this season include Air France with five flights per week to Paris starting in May, GMG Airlines with two flights per week to Dhaka, and two flights per week to Amman by Royal Falcon Airlines.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, senior vice president of airports operation at ADAC, said: "As we continue to see our airline partners launching new destinations and new airlines establishing Abu Dhabi routes, we are offering ever increasing connectivity and choice, with the convenience and comfort our customers have come to expect."
ADIA is currently undergoing a multi-billion dollar redevelopment and expansion to increase its overall capacity to more than 20 million passengers per year.