Air movements climb 9% in UAE

13/04/2011 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Air movements climb 9% in UAE

Figures from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have revealed that the total number of movements within UAE airspace was up nine per cent 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 over the same period of 2009.Commenting on the report Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, said: "In spite of the current conflicts in the region, the UAE achieved a growth of nine per cent in the first three months of the year."He explained that the growth highlights the success of the UAE in maintaining a degree of stability amid the current political, social and economic conditions and challenges."Air traffic is a strong indicator of the UAE's ability to maintain its advantages at all levels, which forms a strong ground for starting the development of policies that encourage manufacturing in civil aviation in the UAE," Mr Al Suwaidi added.