Dubai airport sees record passenger traffic in July
Passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport (DXB), the world’s busiest for international travel, jumped by 14 percent from a year earlier to a monthly record of 7.62 million people in July, the airport’s operator said on Monday.
Growing tourism and trade ties with the rest of the Middle East, Asia and other regions of the world are fuelling traffic growth at Dubai’s airport.
July’s sharp rise was partly due to the timing of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which normally reduces business travel in the region. Most of Ramadan occurred during June this year, but it extended into July last year.
During the first seven months of this year, passenger traffic rose 7 per cent to 48.12m compared with 44.98m passengers recorded during the same period last year.
Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in July as it grew 33.4 per cent, followed by Asia, which rose 20.8 per cent, and the Indian subcontinent, up by 17.1 per cent. GCC traffic rose 16.2 per cent while North America registered a 13.9 per cent increase.
Passengers from India, traditionally a strong market, clocked 990,213, followed by the UK (573,025 passengers), and Saudi Arabia (475,841). London, Doha, Mumbai, Kuwait and Bangkok topped the list of the most popular destinations served from the international airport.
Freight handled by Dubai International shrank 1.2 percent in July to 203,153 tonnes, but in the first seven months of 2016 it rose 3.2 per cent to 1.49m tonnes. Only some of Dubai’s air-freight passes through Dubai International as another facility, Dubai World Central, handles pure cargo operations.
“This summer was the busiest in DXB’s history with daily traffic averaging a quarter of a million passengers across the three terminals. We are pleased as much with the growth as we are with the way we managed service levels by implementing detailed operational plans, boosting staff levels, intensifying communication efforts with our business partners and customers during the peak period,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
The airport will see increased traffic in September too as several thousands are expected to travel in the second week for Eid Al Adha holidays and to perform the annual pilgrimage of Hajj.
(With inputs from Reuters)