Dubai International sets passenger traffic record in August
Dubai International (DXB), the world’s busiest airport for international travel, has set another record in August, with a 6.1 per cent increase in passenger traffic from a year earlier to a record 7.73 million, operator Dubai Airports said on Monday (October 3).
The figures are up from July’s 7.6m thanks to additional capacity and new services introduced by carriers including Emirates and flydubai, as well as an increase in the seasonal rush of travellers, particularly UAE residents returning for the start of the academic year.
In the first eight months of this year, traffic grew by 6.9 per cent to 55.85m compared with 52.27m during the same period in 2015.
Eastern Europe was the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (67.9 per cent), followed by Asia (13 per cent), South America (11.7 per cent), and the Indian subcontinent (11.7 per cent). India remained the top destination country, followed by the UK and Saudi Arabia, Dubai Airports said.
London, Doha and Kuwait were the top destination cities, with travellers to the UK capital reaching 371,320 during the month.
The airport handled 201,100 tonnes of freight in August, down 3.1 per cent from 207,427 tonnes recorded a year earlier. Year-to-date cargo was 1.69m tonnes, up 2.4 percent.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said that, during the airport’s journey from a refuelling stop for airlines into an international hub over five-and-a-half decades, it has welcomed more than three quarters of a billion passengers.
“As we continue to grow, our focus will continue to operate not only the world’s busiest airports but also the world’s best in terms of customer service,” Griffiths added.