Dubai airport flying high
Dubai International has registered its second busiest month on record with 4.92 million passengers passing through the world’s fourth busiest international aviation hub in October, up 14.3 per cent when compared to the same period last year.
The year-to-date passenger traffic has climbed 13.5 per cent to hit 47.4 million compared to 41.8 million recorded during the corresponding period last year, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by airport operator Dubai Airports.
Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation and development of both of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International as well as Dubai World Central.
The Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (AGCC) recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers in October (over 189,991 passengers), followed by Western Europe (over 148,945), the Indian subcontinent (over 81,533 passengers), and Asia (over 42,768 passengers).
The contraction in traffic on Middle Eastern routes continued in October (-7,760) as a result of unrest in certain parts of the region, said the monthly report.
Commenting on the results, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said, “Growth continues at an impressive clip with almost five million passengers monthly fast becoming the norm. At this rate we expect to exceed our initial forecast of 56.5 million passengers and should end the year at or around 57 million passengers.”
The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were South America (over 93.2 per cent) driven by new Emirates airline’s operations to destinations there, followed by AGCC (28.2 per cent), Russia and CIS (over 25.7 per cent), and Eastern Europe (over 24.2 per cent).
According to Dubai Airports, the aircraft movements in October rose 3.9 per cent to 29,578 from 28,463 recorded during the same month in 2011. The year to date movements totalled 283,551, up 5.9 per cent from 267,706 movements between January and October 2011.
Dubai International handled 202,619 tonnes of cargo in October, an increase of 2.4 per cent over the 197,841 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2011. The year to date freight volumes reached 1,877,616 tonnes compared to 1,813,013 tonnes handled during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 3.6 per cent.-