Higher passenger numbers could lead to even more food and beverage sales which have already increased.
- Passenger numbers are expected to increase to 14 million
- Food and beverage revenues have risen more than 47% annually
- The number of airlines at the airport is also expected to expand
Dubai is constantly at the heart of media reports highlighting an increase in the rate of tourism and passengers but neighbouring Abu Dhabi is targeting a record number of passengers by the end of 2012.
It is expected that by the end of 2012, passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport will reach 14 million; this is according to the CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) James Bennett.
If the airport reaches this number, the passenger rate will increase by 13 percent from 12.4 million passengers in 2011.
Bennett added: “The primary driver is certainly Etihad and their continued delivery of aircraft and the partnerships they’ve been creating with the airlines.
“But also we’re saying stronger growth in the tourism business in Abu Dhabi and the economic development and that also drives additional traffic.”
Bennett also said that he expects the number of airlines operating out of Abu Dhabi International to rise from the current number of 53.
Revenue for the food and beverage outlets at the airport has also increased for the first half of the year with sales reaching DH38.2 million demonstrating a 47.1 percent increase when compared to the same period of 2011 with passenger growth totalling 22.8 percent for January-June of 2012.
Dan Cappell, Senior Vice President Commercial of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said: “A number of factors contribute to the continued dynamic growth of sales in the second quarter.
“The addition of new outlets at Abu Dhabi International Airport has driven the F&B business both in terms of revenue and by providing a greater variety of options for the airport customers.
“ADAC remains committed to investing in passenger amenities, and delivering a world-class offer that represents a real value for money proposition for all travellers.
“Additional initiatives such as complimentary Wi-Fi access, free use of computer stations, children’s play areas and lounges for economy passengers, reflect ADAC’s commitment to enhancing customers experience when traveling to, from or via Abu Dhabi International Airport.”
The fact that the sales of food and drink have increased indicates that there are more people passing through the airport and if the passenger numbers rise as expected, food and beverage sales could rise even further.