Dubai airport sees rise in traffic after ME traffic growth dips
Dubai International Airport welcomed 36.9 million passengers during the first five months of 2018. The passenger traffic reached 36,943,613 during the said period, compared to 36,969,594 during the same period last year.
According to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today, this was a marginal contraction of 0.1 percent, largely due to the impact of Ramadan, which fell in May this year.
Passenger traffic for the past 12 months totalled 88,216,118, up 2.6 percent compared to 85,974,096 recorded during the corresponding period in 2016-2017.
In May, passenger numbers totalled 6,589,264 compared to 6,850,052 recorded during the same month last year, a contraction of 3.8 percent due to lower volumes traditionally experienced during Ramadan.
India was the top destination country with a total of 1,041,258 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia 495,242, and the UK 429,893, while top cities for passenger volumes were London with 262,913 passengers, Mumbai 213,056, and Jeddah 179,756.
Middle East traffic slows
On the regional front, Middle East carriers’ May demand growth slowed to 0.8% compared to a year ago, from 2.9% annual growth recorded in April, according to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures.
“The earlier timing of Ramadan this year may have affected the result, but more broadly, the upward trend in traffic has slowed compared to last year. May capacity increased 3.7%, and load factor fell 1.9 percentage points to 67.5%,” IATA notes in its report.
IATA announced today global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 6.1% compared to the same month in 2017, which was a slight pickup from 6.0% year-over-year growth for April 2018. Capacity climbed 5.9% and load factor rose 0.1 percentage point to 80.1%.