Tenth consecutive month with more than 5mn pax
Dubai International, currently the world’s second busiest hub for international passengers, has recorded its tenth consecutive month with more than 5 million travellers, according to a monthly traffic report for October issued by airport operator Dubai Airports.
Passenger traffic in October totalled 5,667,698, up 15.1% from the same month in 2012. Year-to-date traffic climbed 15.9% to 55,046,863 compared to 47,488,586 recorded during the corresponding period last year.
Western Europe accounted for the biggest increase in total passenger numbers in October (+159,278 passengers), followed by the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council block of countries, the Indian subcontinent and Africa.
The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Eastern Europe (+55.5%), mainly driven by Emirates’ operations to destinations in the region, followed by Australasia (41.3%) a region that has experienced growth as a result of Qantas’ launch of operations to Dubai earlier this year, Russia and the CIS (+22.7%) and Asia Pacific (+21.4%).
Growth in passenger traffic in Dubai has been better than expected so far this year, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said, and the airport is on track to exceed the projected annual figure of 65.4 million by a margin.
“The record aircraft order at the recently concluded Dubai Airshow 2013, a considerable part of which was placed by Emirates airline, is a clear indication that our more than five-decade track record for growth is not only set to continue but get better,” he said. “The ongoing expansion of Dubai’s aviation infrastructure is in preparation to welcome that growth.”
[Dubai International Terminal 3; photo courtesy Dubai International]