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Passenger traffic at Dubai International surges 6.1%

Staff Report
Filed on August 29, 2013

Passenger traffic at the Dubai International continued to increase in July and the world’s second busiest airport for international passengers maintained a double-digit growth for the first seven months of the year, compared to the same period in 2012.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International surges 6.1% (/assets/oldimages/traffic_2908.jpg)Year-to-date traffic at Dubai airport jumps 15.3 per cent to 37.97 million compared to 32.94 million during the first seven months of 2012. — AFP

Passenger traffic in July reached 5.3 million, an increase of 6.1 per cent compared to five million during the corresponding month in 2012. Year-to-date traffic is up 15.3 per cent to 37.97 million compared to 32.94 million during the first seven months of 2012.

“Dubai International continues to build its reputation as a leading global hub that is characterised by relentless traffic growth, rapid expansion and an unflagging commitment to service,” Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul Griffiths said in a statement.

What is not immediately visible is the behind-the-scenes activity and cooperation that it takes to deliver on all three fronts every day in a complex and dynamic environment, Griffiths said, adding: “All of this will soon be on full display to the world when Ultimate Airport Dubai, a ten-part series documenting the incredible story of Dubai’s aviation sector, debuts on September 5 across National Geographic Channel’s global network.”

Aircraft movements totalled 28,462 during July, an increase of 2.3 per cent from the 27,829 recorded during the same period last year. Passengers per aircraft movement in July came in at 201.

All regions recorded positive growth this month with the exception of AGCC and the Middle East as both of which saw traffic dip due to the year-on-year shift in the timing of Ramadan. Among the strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Eastern Europe, driven by flydubai expansion to multiple destinations in the region and Emirates’ new service to Warsaw.

Passenger traffic to and from Australasia rose 49.4 per cent driven by Emirates expansion and Qantas’ new operation connecting Australia and London through Dubai. On a country level, Australia, the UK), Sri Lanka and France recorded the largest increases.

In terms of overall passenger numbers, Western Europe traffic took over as the top market thanks to robust growth during the month. The Subcontinent, which fell to second spot, continued to show positive growth due to the expansion of several Indian carriers including Indigo, Spice Jet and Air India Express. North American traffic growth slowed recently, in comparison with the strong growth trends witnessed last year.

Air freight volumes saw a modest increase of 1.2 per cent per cent during July with volumes of 206,950 tonnes compared to 204,510 recorded during the same period last year. Year-to-date growth remains robust with cargo volumes totalling 1.4 million tonnes, up 9.8 per cent from the 1.2 million tonnes shipped during the same period last year.

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