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Dubai International set to surpass annual forecast of 65.4 million
Dubai, UAE –
December 30, 2013 – Dubai International, the world’s second busiest
international hub, is set to surpass the traffic forecast for the year, as the
airport recorded another month of high growth this November, according to the
monthly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
With traffic in November reaching
5,337,544, up 9.5 per cent compared to 4,875,003 in the corresponding period in
2012, the airport has registered 12 consecutive months with monthly traffic
exceeding 5 million passengers. The year to date (November) totalled 60,384,407
passengers compared with 52,363,589 recorded during the same period last year,
an increase of 15.3 per cent.
In November, Western Europe
recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers* (+97,637 passengers),
followed by the Indian subcontinent (+56,732), the AGCC (+56,711),
Australasia (+51,151), and Africa (+46,731).
The strongest markets in terms of
percentage growth were Eastern Europe (+56.5 per cent) driven by flydubai’s
services to 15 destinations in 10 countries across Europe, followed by
Australasia (+33.4 per cent) thanks to the launch of Qantas’ services to Dubai
earlier this year, and Russia and CIS (18.8 per cent ) spurred by an increase
in demand on routes to the region.
movements in November increased by 6 per cent to 31,525 from 29,749 recorded
during the same month in 2012. The year to date movements totalled 337,121, up
7.6 per cent compared to 313,300 movements between January and November 2012.
Dubai International handled
223,195 tonnes of cargo in November, an increase of 11.6 per cent compared to
200,060 tonnes recorded during the same month in 2012. The year to date freight
volumes reached 2,217,429 tonnes compared to 2,077,676 tonnes handled during
the corresponding period last year, an increase of 6.7 per cent.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai
Airports said, “The growth in passenger traffic has been nothing short of
phenomenal this year with a monthly average of 5.4 million customers and we are
set to exceed our target of 65.4 million for the year. Dubai International’s
total capacity increased to 75 million passengers per year when Concourse A was
opened in January 2013 and this will be followed by the opening of Concourse D
in early 2015 – we continue to focus on improving our facilities and customer
service as our infrastructure development programme keeps pace with our healthy
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