Passenger Traffic Up 6 Per Cent at Dubai International Airport

DUBAI - Dubai International Airport has remained the only airport among the top ten airports (by international passengers) to register a positive growth amidst the global meltdown during the last quarter of 2008, according to Airports Council International (ACI) figures.

By (Staff Report)

Published: Thu 26 Feb 2009, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:59 AM

Even as the financial crisis continues to hit worldwide, a six per cent increase in passenger traffic was registered at the Dubai International Airport in January this year.

Passenger traffic at the Middle East’s busiest hub reached 3,300,907 in January 2009, compared to 3,111,188 in the same period last year, despite the global economic situation that continues to hit tourism and travel industry worldwide.

Dubai Airport CEO Paul Griffiths said that in 2008, the airport handled 37.44 million passengers, registering a growth of nine perc ent over 2007’s figures.

“It has a year-on-year growth of 10.5 per cent in October, 6.6 in November and 4.8 per cent in December,” he said.

“Traffic has grown at a healthy rate throughout most of 2008 and the signs for 2009 remain positive despite the global downturn in traffic. This serves to reinforce Dubai’s premier position as the most prolific regional and international hub for both business and leisure traffic.The Middle East continues to lead the world in demonstrating strong growth in aviation activity, despite difficult global economic conditions and Dubai takes the lead as the major contributor to that growth.”

By the end of the first quarter this year, five new international carriers are expected to be added to Dubai International’s expanding list of airlines. While Wataniya Airways from Kuwait and Mihin Lanka from Sri Lanka have already started their service to Dubai, Kingfisher from India, Air Atlanta from Europe and Kabo Air from Nigeria have yet to launch their services within the quarter.

Currently, Dubai International serves over 120 airlines flying to over 200 destinations across six continents.

More news from Business