Al Bateen Executive Airport posts a 42% lift in visiting aircraft movements.

Tuesday 8th November 2011

Commercial aircraft movements is on the rise with 12% increase in 2011 third quarter

8th November, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The GCAA-certified Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Gulf Region's first and only dedicated private aviation airport, announced a 12% increase in aircraft movements in the third quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2010. ADAC business aviation airport registered 1,903 commercial traffic movements in the period between July and September this year, generated by a healthy mix of private aircraft and charter operations as well as flights of based and tenant operators.

The traffic report identified that the fastest growing segment of traffic was the visiting aircraft operations - i.e. aircraft that use Al Bateen Executive Airport as a regional stop or as an alternative gateway to Abu Dhabi or the UAE. Visiting aircraft alone registered an exceptional growth of 42%, whereby the figure grew to 202 movements, in comparison to the same period last year.

Steve Jones, Al Bateen Executive Airport General Manager, explained: "As an airport dedicated to business aviation, the significant increase in visiting aircraft reflects the increasing volume of business traffic in Abu Dhabi. The airport's strategic location, providing businessmen with access to the central business district of the city, is one of the key strengths of this facility. Having access to a private customized airport also provides efficient operation with the ability to save time through offering quick aircraft handling turn around through the dedicated FBO service at Al Bateen, DhabiJet."

The growth in commercial traffic is also expected to witness a further surge in November with the Abu Dhabi Formula One events, taking place this weekend.

"Alongside its continuous development plans, Al Bateen constantly offers value added service to exceed its customer's expectations. The airport will offer free landing and parking to all visiting VIP aircraft using the Executive Terminal over the Formula 1 period, " added Jones.

The Airport has also witnessed a number of recent developments directed at its customer portfolio, last of which being DhabiJet, Al Bateen's FBO, which has also added to the attractiveness of the executive airport to visiting international private aviation.

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About Al Bateen Executive Airport:

Al Bateen Executive Airport is a dedicated business jet airport, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; conveniently located only a five kilometres from the central business district of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. The downtown location of Al Bateen Executive Airport makes it ideal for users of business jets, whose time is valuable and who have a high-regard for the convenience that personalised jet travel can bring.


  • Only dedicated private aviation airport in the region
  • Fast & efficient turnarounds
  • Ideal location in the city centre close to central business district
  • Over 90 parking/maintenance spaces in hangars for different aircraft sizes + 20 apron parking stands
  • Luxury Hotel (planned)
  • Business Campus - full business traveller facilities and stand-alone offices
  • One-stop-shop Business Jet Specialists
  • Fuel, handling, and other FBO services
  • Air Taxis
  • Vendor/Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) access
  • Related aviation business access
  • Aviation education and training

About Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC):

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate's aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, ADAC assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports.

In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi's development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 20 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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