Dubai Intl Airport in September passenger surge
Airport registers 9.9% growth compared to same period last year
Passenger traffic at Dubai International continued its upward trend in September by registering 9.9% growth, according to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
September volumes totalled 5,942,628 compared to 5,407,326 recorded in the corresponding month last year. Year to date traffic (Jan-Sept) rose 6.2% to 52,422,547, compared to 49,379,165 recorded during the first nine months of 2013.
Spurred by an ongoing increase in the number of wide bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777, particularly in the fleet of home carrier Emirates, the passenger per aircraft movement increased by 4.6% to 201.8 from 192.9 year on year. Aircraft movements totalled 30,871, up marginally by 0.4% compared to the 30,746 recorded during September 2013. Year to date movements totalled 257,981 compared to 273,317, a contraction of 5.6%.
The dip in year to date aircraft movements at Dubai International is largely due to the closure of runways for the upgrade and refurbishment between May and July and the shift of all pure cargo flights as well as some general aviation flights to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC).
Freight volumes rose 2.8% in September with 202,415 tonnes passing through the facility compared to 196,823 tonnes recorded during the same month last year. Year-to-date cargo traffic totalled 1,763,283 compared to 1,793,596 tonnes recorded in the first nine months of 2013, down 1.7%, again due to the shift of freighter flights to DWC.
“The airport’s performance in the first three quarters has been very satisfying and we anticipate brisk growth will continue as we head down the home stretch to year-end,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “Clearly, more and more people are choosing Dubai as their preferred hub not only for the extensive network of 260 destinations that we connect around the world, but also for the wide array of options we offer our customers for dining, shopping and resting.”