Dubai International Airport passenger traffic increases 15%

By Charlotte Turner |

The number of passengers exceeded 6.4m at Dubai International Airport in January, up 15.1% from 5,559,760 recorded during the same month in 2013.


The bumper traffic was boosted by the seasonal rush of holidaymakers into Dubai, as well as the recently concluded Dubai Shopping Festival.


Regionally the AGCC recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic (+180,982 passengers) – mainly boosted by double digit traffic growth recorded by Doha, Jeddah and Riyadh – followed by Western Europe (+140,910), and the Indian Subcontinent (+126,305 passengers).


Eastern Europe was the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+42%), followed by the Australasia (+34.5%), Asia Pacific (+26.7%) and Asia (20.7%



India remained the top destination country (800,397 passengers) with financial capital Mumbai as the busiest destination, followed by Saudi Arabia (514,071 passengers) and the UK (435,806 passengers). Doha was placed number one on the list of top destination cities followed closely by London.


Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports [left] noted that unhindered growth is the mandate given to Dubai’s aviation sector and timely infrastructure expansion and its full utilisation is key to achieving that goal.


“Our new Concourse A is a case in point. With 10,608 A380 scheduled flights to 26 destinations in 2013, Concourse A has helped Dubai International enhance its status as the world’s largest hub for Airbus A380 operations in its first full year of operations.”


Opened on January 2nd 2013, Concourse A handled 14,596,893 passengers and handled more than 22-million bags in its first full year of operations.



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