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It has less to do with the which airline is based at the airport (Etihad in Abu Dhabi and Emirates in Dubai) and more to do with Abu Dhabi’s rapidly growing tourism industry.

Abu Dhabi International Airport saw strong growth in passenger and cargo traffic in the first eight months of 2012, outpacing Dubai’s competing airport, according to figures released by the Abu Dhabi airport authority on Saturday.

The number of passengers passing through Abu Dhabi between January and August jumped 21.5 per cent from a year earlier to 9.68 million, while cargo traffic increased 17.3 per cent to 364,905 tones.

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Tags: abu dhabi, dubai, emirates air, etihad

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