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Dubai, UAE – November 26,
2013 – Dubai International, the world’s second busiest hub for
international passengers recorded its tenth consecutive month with more than 5
million travellers, according to the monthly traffic report for October issued
today by airport operator Dubai Airports.
Passenger traffic in
October totalled 5,667,698, up 15.1 per cent from 4,923,246 recorded during the
same month in 2012. The year to date traffic climbed 15.9 per cent to
55,046,863 compared to 47,488,586 recorded during the
corresponding period last year.
Western Europe recorded the
largest increase in total passenger numbers in October (+159,278 passengers),
followed by the AGCC (+132,169), the Indian subcontinent (+126,150 passengers),
and Africa (+67,884 passengers).
The strongest markets in
terms of percentage passenger growth* were Eastern Europe (+55.5 per cent)
mainly driven by Emirates airline’s operations to destinations in the region,
followed by Australasia (41.3 per cent) a region that has experienced
robust growth as a result of Qantas’ launch of operations to Dubai earlier this
year; Russia and CIS (+22.7 per cent), and Asia Pacific (+21.4 per cent).
movements in October rose 9.1 per cent to 32,279 from 29,578 recorded during
the same month in 2012. The year to date movements totalled 305,596, up 7.8 per
cent from 283,551 movements between January and October 2012.
Dubai International handled
208,695 tonnes of cargo in October, an increase of 3 per cent over 202,619
tonnes recorded during October of 2012. The year to date freight volumes
reached 1,994,234 tonnes compared to 1,877,616 tonnes handled during the
corresponding period last year, an increase of 6.2 per cent.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of
Dubai Airports said that growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International has
been better than expected so far this year and that 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. The
ongoing expansion of Dubai’s aviation infrastructure is in preparation to
welcome that growth,” he said.
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