Dubai International passenger traffic rises 15.1%
Passenger traffic in October totalled 5,667,698 from 4,923,246 in 2012
Dubai International, the world’s second busiest hub for international passengers, recorded its tenth consecutive month with more than five million travellers, according to the monthly traffic report for October.
Passenger traffic in October totalled 5,667,698, up 15.1% from 4,923,246 recorded during the same month in 2012. The year to date traffic climbed 15.9% to 55,046,863 compared to 47,488,586 recorded during the corresponding period last year.
Western Europe recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers in October (+159,278 passengers), followed by the AGCC (+132,169), the Indian subcontinent (+126,150 passengers), and Africa (+67,884 passengers).
The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Eastern Europe (+55.5%) mainly driven by Emirates airline’s operations to destinations in the region, followed by Australasia (41.3 %) a region that has experienced robust growth as a result of Qantas’ launch of operations to Dubai earlier this year; Russia and CIS (+22.7%), and Asia Pacific (+21.4%).
Aircraft movements in October rose 9.1% to 32,279 from 29,578 recorded during the same month in 2012. The year to date movements totalled 305,596, up 7.8% from 283,551 movements between January and October 2012.
Dubai International handled 208,695 tonnes of cargo in October, an increase of 3% over 202,619 tonnes recorded during October of 2012. The year to date freight volumes reached 1,994,234 tonnes compared to 1,877,616 tonnes handled during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 6.2%.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said that growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International has been better than expected so far this year and that the airport is on track to exceed the projected annual figure of 65.4m by a margin.
“The record aircraft order at the recently concluded Dubai Airshow 2013, a considerable part of which was placed by Emirates airline, is a clear indication that our more than five decade track record for growth is not only set to continue but get better. The ongoing expansion of Dubai’s aviation infrastructure is in preparation to welcome that growth,” he said.