Dubai's airport confirmed as second-busiest

Dubai International overtakes Charles de Gaulle in league tables

NEWS, Business

Dubai International has been confirmed as the world's second busiest airport for international passenger traffic, taking over from Paris's Charles de Gaulle.

Only London's Heathrow Airport now carries more international traffic, according to new figures produced by Airports Council International.

International airport traffic through Dubai grew by 13% to 10.6m passengers during the first two months of 2013 - up from 9.4m last year.

“It is extremely gratifying to see Dubai International leap up two places in the international passenger rankings in a single year," said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. "It is a clear signal that more people are choosing Dubai as their preferred hub not only for its extensive global network but the superb facilities on the ground too.”

He added that the airport was "well-placed to overtake" Heathrow by 2015 given the latter's capacity constraints.

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