Higher still for Dubai International

Higher still for Dubai International

Dubai International has registered nine straight months of double-digit growth according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports earlier.

The world’s second busiest airport for international passenger traffic, Dubai International recorded 5,418,946 passengers in April, an increase of 18.7 per cent compared to 4,566,673 during the corresponding month in 2012.

April was the fifth consecutive month with more than five million passengers passing through Dubai International.

The year to date traffic increased by 16.3 per cent to 21,905,363 compared to 18,828,279 recorded in the first four months of 2012.

In April, the top destination countries included India with a total of 672,557 passengers, followed by the UK (419,053) and Saudi Arabia (405,695) while Doha (207,146), London (201,587) and Jeddah (151,517) were the top destination cities.

The largest increase in total passenger numbers was recorded on the Western European routes (+207,120 passengers), followed by the AGCC (180,600), and the Indian subcontinent (+160,372).

Middle Eastern routes that were affected by political instability until the beginning of 2013 recorded moderate growth in April (+23,365).

In terms of percentage growth, Eastern Europe topped the list (+56.5 per cent) followed by Asia Pacific (30.7 per cent) and Asia (24.5 per cent).

Aircraft movements at Dubai International increased by 6.9 per cent to 30,469 compared to 28,503 recorded in April 2012.

Year to date aircraft movements totalled 121,599, an increase of 6.2 per cent compared to 114,517 during the same period in 2012.

“It is very clear that our growth rate has picked up and that should continue at a similar pace into the next quarter and beyond.

“Given the central role aviation plays in a country’s GDP, this also bodes well for the increasingly robust local economy,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive, Dubai Airports.

“Accordingly we are continually increasing capacity at Dubai International, the most recent example of which was the opening of the first phase of expansion at Terminal 2.”