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UAE – September 24, 2013 – Traffic at
the world’s second busiest international airport surged 23.8 per cent in August
making it the busiest month in terms of passenger numbers in Dubai
International’s history, according to traffic report issued today by airport
operator Dubai Airports.
According to the report, the
monthly passenger traffic at Dubai International reached 5,999,375 in August, a
year on year increase of 23.8 per cent compared to 4,847,152 in the
corresponding month in 2012. The surge is the result of a strong growth in
almost all markets and the effect of Ramadan and Eid
travel which further boosted traffic during the month.
With monthly traffic
breaching the 5 million passenger mark for nine consecutive months, the year to
date passenger number increased by 16.4 per cent to 43,971,839 compared to
37,784,946 recorded during the first eight months of 2012.
Spurred by the strong growth
in markets such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait, the AGCC routes
topped the list of regions with the largest growth in passenger numbers
(+289,021), Western Europe (+258,288) – which has been positively affected by
the launch of Qantas’ services to Dubai; followed by the traditionally strong
market of the Indian subcontinent (+163,657), and Africa (+89,533). *The top
regions in terms of percentage growth in traffic included Eastern Europe (82
per cent), Australasia (45 per cent), and Asia Pacific (40.4 per cent).
Aircraft movements during
August reached 31,198, up 11.5 per cent from 27,986 recorded during the
corresponding month in 2012. During the first eight months of the year aircraft
movements totalled 242,571, up 7.3 per cent compared
to 226,064 during the corresponding period in 2012.
Year to date cargo volumes
increased by 8.1 per cent to reach 1,588,716 tonnes
compared to 1,469,476 during the first eight months of 2012. Monthly cargo
volume contracted by 3 per cent in August reaching 184,877 tonnes
compared to 190,770 tonnes in August 2012.
Commenting on the
consistently strong performance of the hub, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai
Airports said, “The results have been very satisfying so far this year with the
airport achieving traffic growth rate well over the projected figures. While
five million passengers per month has become a standard at Dubai International,
it’s worth noting that in August we were barely two Airbus A380s short of
hitting the 6 million passenger figure.
The signs are good for the
remainder of the year, the highlight of which will be the launch of passenger
operations at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World
Central (DWC). We have signed MoUs with two airlines
and are in discussion with a number of other carriers to start services at the
new airport while Wizz Air has confirmed it will
start operations on October 27th as DWC’s launch customer.”
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