Dubai Airport passenger traffic continues to soar

March 26, 2013 12:36 pm

According to the airport’s latest monthly report, passenger traffic at Dubai International totalled 5,080,360 in February up from 4,561,147 recorded during the same month in 2012, an increase of 11.4%.

Year to date, passenger numbers are up 13% to 10,640,120 from 9,413,286 recorded during the same period last year. Aircraft movements reached 28,085 in February, climbing 3.8% from the 27,058 recorded in February 2012.

Last year Dubai Airport overtook Hong Kong as the world’s third busiest airport for international passenger numbers as it served nearly 58 million passengers in the 12-month period.

“We continue to stay ahead of the curve in terms of our traffic forecast of 65.4m passengers in 2013,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. “We are also on track in terms of introducing capacity to meet demand. Concourse A is fully online and setting new standards for A380 service. Additionally, the expansion of Terminal 2 is proceeding on plan as is the upgrade of Terminal 1 and the construction of Concourse D. All three projects are integral elements of our $7.8bn airport strategic plan to boost capacity and augment service levels over the next several years.”

Regionally, Eastern Europe was the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+29.6%) driven by new services to Poland (Emirates) and Macedonia (Flydubai), followed by Asia Pacific (+21.8%), Russia & CIS (+18.5%), AGCC (16.5%) and Asia (15%) thanks primarily to the additional Emirates daily service to Manila.

The internal Middle East regional market was the only region to record fewer travellers with a slight year-on-year drop of 1.6%.

The top three destination countries in terms of market size, continued to show strong positive growth overall in February. Traffic on routes linking Dubai International’s largest market, the Indian Subcontinent, was up 10.8% while the UK saw a 5.2% traffic increase and the number three market Saudi Arabia continued its remarkable traffic growth with a 42.3% increase compared to the same period last year thanks to expanded services between Dubai and Saudi Arabia launched in 2012 by Emirates, Flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Freight volumes continued to reobound in February, rising 15.9% to 182,580 tonnes, up from 157,492 recorded in February 2012 confirming a return to more robust growth in cargo volumes at Dubai International, Year to date cargo volumes are up 12.1% to 370,099 tonnes compared to 331,023 tonnes during the same period last year.