Dubai International Airport (DXB) handled 4.5 million passengers for the second successive month in February while freight volumes witnessed an upturn after months of flat growth.
Passenger traffic soared 19% in February – a 16 month high – to reach 4.56 million compared to 3.83 million during the same month a year ago.
The UAE gateway also handled a record 27,058 aircraft movements in February, up 9.8% on February 2011.
And, after months of weak performance, cargo volumes surged 6.5% to 157,492 tonnes compared to 147,937 tonnes in February last year, mainly due to the impact of the Chinese New Year on freight volumes in February 2011, as well as the ongoing expansion of Emirates route network which stimulates the flow of cargo through Dubai.
The extra day in February 2012, on account of the leap year, also contributed to the airport's improved performance.
“February marks the twelfth consecutive month with passenger traffic exceeding the four million mark, and with the growth expected to maintain momentum in the coming months we are well on track to achieve the targeted 56.5 million passenger traffic for 2012,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
“The completion of the Concourse 3 project by the end of 2012 is in line with this forecast and will expand Dubai International Airport's capacity at the right time, ensuring that our growth continues unhindered.”
DXB currently has an annual capacity of 60 million passengers, increasing to 75 million passengers by next year with the opening of Concourse 3, the world’s first A380 facility dedicated for use by Emirates Airline.