Dubai International sets new monthly record

February 27, 2013 2:31 pm

Passenger traffic rose 14.6% to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 in the same month in 2012, according to the latest figures released by Dubai Airports.

Freight volumes also rebounded in January, surging 8.6% to 188,520 tonnes, up from 173,531 tonnes recorded in January 2012.

Most markets were boosted in January by holiday traffic as well as visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Airport said.

Regionally, South America remained the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+23.7%), followed by the GCC (+21.8%), Australasia (+21.3%) and North America (+20.8%). The Middle East was the only region to record fewer visitors (-6.5%) with traffic impacted by continuing political instability in Iran and Syria.

In 2012, passenger traffic at the airport surged 13.2% to 57,684,550, up from 50,977,960 passengers recorded during 2011. Dubai International is now the third busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers according to Airports Council International’s latest figures.

The airport serves more than 145 airlines flying to more than 260 destinations across six continents. Following the opening of Concourse A in January 2013, the collective capacity of the airport increased from 60 million to 75 million passengers per annum.

“January’s record passenger numbers confirm that the growth trajectory recorded last year has continued into 2013 and Dubai Airports has taken another steady stride towards the 98 million passengers a year we expect to pass through our airport by the end of the decade,” said CEO Paul Griffiths.

“The near perfect timing of Concourse A’s opening has allowed us to increase our capacity to 75 million passengers a year and make sure we can continue to accommodate the rising number of people who chose to fly through Dubai International. It is also a strong endorsement for our $7.8bn SP2020 expansion plan which will allow us to remain one step ahead of our expected growth by increasing our capacity both on the ground as well as in the air.”