Abu Dhabi aviation witnesses strong growth

Abu Dhabi aviation witnesses strong growth

The recent report from OAG revealed that Abu Dhabi aviation market is set for strong growth in 2012, as seat capacity is expected to increase to 9.9m (one-way) this year, up 12% from 8.9m in 2011. The numbers are way-ahead in the global aviation scenario. Subsequently, the Middle East aviation market expects a 6% growth in seat capacity this year. The number of departures from Abu Dhabi International Airport is estimated to grow by 8% this year, from 50,700 to 54,600.

There is a trend witnessed wherein number of seats flown rises faster than number of flights which underlines a trend towards long-haul flights operated by larger aircraft.

Asia tops the charts in terms of key markets for Abu Dhabi with 3.5m one-way seats flown this year, followed by Middle East with 3m seats and Europe with 2.2m. A growing market is Africa which has witnessed a 25% increase in seats flown (up to 672,000), with Europe and Asia being the other key growth markets (up 17% and 15% respectively).

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