Duty-free and F&B items lead Abu Dhabi Airports sales in the first half

Commercial sales at Abu Dhabi Airports rose 10.9 per cent in the first half, led by duty-free items and food and beverages.

Revenue increased year on year to Dh707.6 million, said the company yesterday.

The airports operator said there was growth across all of its commercial activities, including speciality retail, hospitality, banking and currency exchange, car parking, advertising and the Skypark Plaza operations.


“The performance is all the more noteworthy given the reduction in Chinese spending, the changing dynamics of the Asian economies, and the currency variations that impact the value for money offered,” said Dan Cappell, the acting chief commercial officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

Last month, the company said that it handled 11.1 million passengers between January and June, up 17.2 per cent from the same period last year.

Its addition of new destinations such as Madrid, Pune, and Edinburgh bolstered the growth in passenger numbers.

Ali Majed Al Mansoori, the chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said in March that the company was expected to handle between 23 million and 24 million passengers this year at its three existing terminals, up from 20 million passengers last year.

Annual passenger numbers at the emirate’s international airport are expected to reach 27 million next year. That is when demand on its infrastructure will be at a critical level, according to Mr Al Mansoori.

To accommodate the increase in passenger traffic, the airport has been undergoing a Dh1.5 billion expansion of its existing terminals.

That is expected to handle the increase in passenger numbers before the Midfield Terminal opens in 2017.

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