Dubai International Airport (DXB) started the second half of the year on a positive note as operator, Dubai Airports, reported monthly passenger numbers that eclipsed the elusive four-million mark for the first time.
The gateway handled a total of 4.3 million passengers in July compared to 3.7 million in July 2009, a year on year increase of 14.3%. The year-to-date traffic reached 26.8 million – up 16%on the 23.1 million handles during the same period last year.
The closest the airport has previously come to the four million mark was in March 2010 when the monthly traffic reached 3.9 million.
The largest regional traffic growth in July was recorded in Eastern Europe (+219%), Asia (+34%) and Russia and CIS (+29). The highest passenger volumes were recorded in the Western European sector, the AGCC and the Indian Subcontinent driven by capacity increases and new routes launched by Emirates to Tokyo, Amsterdam, Prague and Madrid.
Continuing its upward trend, DXB reported its tenth consecutive month of double-digit cargo traffic growth as the airport handled 197,845 tonnes of freight compared to 160,289 tonnes during the same period in 2009, an increase of 23.5%. Yea-to-dater to date the gateway has handled a total of 1.29 million tonnes of cargo, up 25% on corresponding period a year ago
“This is an important milestone that reflects the consistent growth we have seen over the past years. Compared to July 2009, Dubai International Airport handled over half a million more passengers and we surpassed the highest ever monthly traffic total by over 300,000 passengers,” enthuses Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.
“As we are experiencing such high levels of growth consistently, we will be extending our ‘Summer Mission’ programme, which we have been operating for three years now, and deploying additional service personnel across the airport to make sure that our service remains at a world class level,” said Griffiths. “This is particularly important during the holy month of Ramadan, which began on August 11 and will culminate in the peak of the year, which is the festival of Eid-Al-Fitr in September.”