Strong figures at Dubai International despite runway repairs

Strong figures at Dubai International despite runway repairs

Dubai International maintained its strong growth trend in April 2014, with more than 6.1 million passengers passing through the airport.

This is the third time in four months the airport has recorded monthly traffic of more than six million passengers.

Passenger numbers rose 13.7 per cent to 6,159,634 in April 2014, up from 5,418,946 passengers recorded in April 2013.

During the first four months of 2014, traffic climbed 11.9 per cent to 24,521,454 passengers, up from 21,905,363 in the same period last year.
 
Total aircraft movements reached 31,234 in April 2014, climbing 2.5 per cent from the 30,469 movements recorded in April last year.

In the first four months of the year, total aircraft movements rose to 125,928, up 3.6 per cent from 121,599 movements in the same period in 2013.

Cargo volumes also continued to climb, rising 3.7 per cent in April to 207,317 tonnes, up from 199,985 tonnes recorded in the same month last year. Year to date volumes totalled 821,193 tonnes, up 4.6 per cent from the 784,832 tonnes achieved in the first four months of 2014.

Despite the strong growth so far this year, traffic growth is expected to taper off between May and July this year, with Dubai International reduced to a single runway as the airport’s two runways are consecutively closed for refurbishment and upgrades.

Several airlines have moved flights to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central during the refurbishment period.
 
“We are pleased to report that we were able to deliver the southern runway four days ahead of schedule thanks to the hard work and co-operation between Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and construction crews.

“Importantly, we have managed to do so without any significant inconvenience to our passengers.

“Operations at both airports have been smooth to date due largely to a robust planning process and timely coordination of day-to-day changes between all stakeholders,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive, Dubai Airports.