Dubai International celebrates strong passenger numbers for August

Dubai International celebrates strong passenger numbers for August

Dubai International registered another month of record traffic, with 8.2 million passengers welcomed in August, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

Boosted by the seasonal rush of travellers, particularly UAE residents returning for the start of the academic year, passenger traffic at DXB reached 8,233,311 in August compared to 7,727,105 recorded in the same month last year, an increase of 6.6 per cent.

The year to date traffic totalled 59,353,368 passengers up 6.3 per cent compared to 55,851,148 recorded during the first eight months of 2016.

During August South America (up 27.4 per cent) was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth followed by Asia (up 21.9 per cent), and Eastern Europe (up 18.8 per cent).

The average number of passengers per flight during the month remained high at 246, up 7.2 per cent compared to 229 recorded in August 2016.

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Flight movements totalled 34,370 during the month under review compared to 34,967 recorded in August 2016, marginally down by 1.7 per cent.

Year to date flight movement totalled 274,549, down 1.5 per cent compared to 278,799 recorded during the first eight months in 2016.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive, Dubai Airports, said: “We are very pleased with the way things are shaping up this year, not only in terms of growth, which has been robust with passenger numbers exceeding the eight-million mark three times – in January, July and August.

“As we celebrate Dubai International’s 57th anniversary later this week, we will renew our commitment to make the world’s number one airport for international passenger volumes also the world’s best for customer service.”