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Dubai International Airport ranked world’s busiest, continues expansion

February 1, 2016 1:32 pm

Dubai International retains its spot as the world’s busiest airport for 2015.

Dubai International has retained its position as the world’s busiest airport, welcoming more than 78 million travelers in 2015, operator Dubai Airports announced today.

The new figure represents a 10.7 per cent year-on-year growth in traffic, as more than 70m travelers passed through the airport in 2014.

“It’s another banner year for Dubai International [airport] where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers in new ways, and retained our position as the world’s number one international hub,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said.

Roughly 100 airlines travel through Dubai International Airport terminals, connecting passengers to more than 240 destinations.

During 2015, the airport welcomed new airlines, including Air Canada from Toronto, Eurowings from Cologne and China Southern from Wuhan. Meanwhile, Dubai-based airlines Emirates and flydubai together added 12 new destinations, part of their efforts to expand their networks.

A quick breakdown

In December 2015, Dubai International Airport witnessed record passenger traffic of more than 7m, compared with more than 6m recorded in December 2014.

This figure takes the average monthly traffic for the year to a record high of 6.5m.

In 2015, more than 10m passengers travelled to India from Dubai, allowing it retain its position as Dubai largest country destination, followed by the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, all of which had witnessed 17 per cent, six per cent and 12 per cent increase of passenger volumes, respectively.

At a closer look, destination cities served by the airport were topped by Doha, London and Mumbai. These cities witnessed an increased number of passengers year-on-year – 18 per cent, one per cent and 14 per cent, respectively.

However, despite the proud numbers, Griffiths urged for harder work and bigger development.

“We have no time to rest on our laurels as we are already busy testing the readiness [of] our newest facility, the $1.2 billion Concourse D.”

For the past two years, Dubai Airports has been developing Concourse D, a new facility that will become “home to more than 100 airlines that currently occupy Concourse C,” as explained on Dubai Airport’s website. Both Concourse C and D are linked to Terminal 1.

Operator Dubai Airports is now reaching out to volunteers who would wish to take part in the readiness test of Concourse D, before its official opening.

“We are inviting members of the public to volunteer as ‘passengers’ and help test the operational readiness of the new facility on February 6,” read operator Dubai Airport’s message on its social media properties.

Residents looking to volunteer can register and join on the provided date.

($1 = AED3.67, at the time of publishing)


By Hind Mustafa
Hind Mustafa specializes on the business of luxury in the region; she also covers hospitality and technology sectors. With more than four years' experience, she brings depth and clarity to the region's business news and views.