Abu Dhabi International Airport maintained double-digit growth in passenger traffic last month, new figures show.
According to data released by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the airport recorded a passenger traffic increase of 10.1 per cent, up to 866,475 during April.
The growth is impressive given the mass cancellation of flights in the month due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland which grounded many flights to and from Europe.
April 2010 also saw aircraft movement at Abu Dhabi International increase by 11.1 per cent while cargo movement through the airport increased substantially, with tonnage handled up by 21.3 per cent on the same month in 2009.
Ahmed Al Haddabi, senior vice-president of airport operations at ADAC, said: "The increases illustrate the strong fundamentals of our economy and the strength of our tourism offering in Abu Dhabi. ADAC will remain focused on enhancing the facilities and services we offer to our passengers, and to attracting new airlines to our airport hub."
Last week, tourism business leaders attending the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai called for a common visa for the Gulf Cooperation Council that would allow visitors to travel freely across the region.