Nine million passengers used Dubai airport in Q1

DUBAI — Passengers who used the Dubai International Airport crossed the nine million mark in the first quarter this year, registering an increase of 15.11 per cent over the corresponding period in 2007.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 15 Apr 2008, 6:38 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:50 PM

According to a release, the airport handled a total of 9,341,270 passengers from January to March this year, as compared to 8,114,762 in the first quarter of 2007. March was the busiest month with 3.25 million passengers, while February registered the lowest at just over 2.97 million passengers.

With a total of 34.34 million passengers in 2007, the airport had registered an increase of over 19 per cent over 2006. The number of passengers using the airport is expected to cross 40 million this year and reach 60 million by 2010.

There were a total of 68,869 aircraft movements during the period under review, an increase of 8.5 per cent over the first quarter of 2007. With over 24,143 aircraft movements, March was the busiest month, well over January (22,903) and February (21,823).

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports, said the report was very encouraging and would set the tempo for the remainder of the year.

He noted that after six years of consecutive double-digit growth, Dubai International Airport is looking forward to repeating the feat this year as well. “The region’s aviation sector is the world’s fastest growing, and Dubai being the regional hub for trade, tourism and aviation, a consistent increase in passengers shouldn’t come as a surprise,” he added.

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