Dubai International hits record January passengers
6.4mn people passed through its gates, up 14% on same time last year
Dubai International Airport started the New Year with record monthly traffic, exceeding 6.4mn passengers in January.
According to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, passenger traffic reached 6,400,706 in January 2014, 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, which attracts travellers from all around the world, particularly from the region.
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.
Aircraft movements totalled 32,625 during the month under review compared to 31,332 movements recorded in January 2013, up 4.1%. Passengers per aircraft movement in January came in at 199.
Freight volumes in January 2014 totalled 197,021 tonnes, an increase of 4.5% compared to 188,520 tonnes recorded in January 2013.