Passenger traffic up 20pc in Arab region

DUBAI — Air passenger traffic in the Arab region recorded an increase of 20 per cent during June 2004 to July 2005 period, according to the statistics issued by Arab Air Carriers Organisation (ACCO).

By Karim Raef

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Published: Fri 19 Aug 2005, 12:33 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:15 PM

The AACO statistics showed that the aviation industry in the region posting a huge growth with air passengers continue to growing till year end to reach 150 million, which is more than last year's 125.3 million passengers.

Due to the huge growth of passenger traffic in the region, the international airlines and especially the European are racing to increase their flights during this period taking in consideration the UAE as it holds the loins share of air passengers.

The UAE's growing economy in all sectors has made these airlines put it in its strategies as to become one of its main destination and specially Dubai.

Because of this growth in the UAE, Lufthansa Airways and the Air France revealed that they are planning to increase their flights to the UAE from the beginning of 2006 to keep up with the demand of travellers seeking the UAE in general and Dubai in particular for various reason, from them are business and tourism.

Sources in the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DDCA) indicated that passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport in the first half of 2005 grew 13.7 per cent over the same period last year.

DDCA showed that the number of passengers totalled 11,837,271 during the period compared to 10,414,143 in last year, while aircraft movements rose 11.4 per cent to 105,646 from 94,795.

Currently ranked number three in the world in terms of turnover, the operation has also seen an increase in the number of daily sales in the Dubai Duty Free from travellers in and out of Dubai with an average sale of 34,000, while the value of each transaction has risen to Dh 162.

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