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Dubai traffic soars again



Dubai International Airport continues to break all traffic records, reporting a 21.5% rise in cargo during August and a 6.8% rise in international passenger traffic...





Dubai International Airport continues to break all traffic records, reporting a 21.5% rise in cargo during August and a 6.8% rise in international passenger traffic.

After a record month in July, August passenger numbers fell just short of the four million mark at 3,987,184 – up 6.8% on the same month a year ago. Year-to-date passenger traffic is up 14.7% as 30.8 million passengers passed through Dubai International Airport in the first eight months of 2010 compared to 26.9 million during the corresponding period last year.

Cargo volumes grew an impressive 21.5% to 198,543 tonnes in August compared to 163,427 tonnes during the same month in 2009. Operator, Dubai Airports, claims that the upturn was spurred by increased economic activity in Asia and other regional markets.

It was the eleventh consecutive month of double-digit growth. Year-to-date cargo volumes total 1,498,244 tonnes compared to 1,198,546 tonnes during the same period in 2009, up 25%.

“Growth continues from the very strong base that was established last year and is largely the result of the rapid expansion of flydubai, which is now the second largest source of passenger traffic at Dubai International, and the broadening of Emirates’ already impressive network with the addition of new destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia,” says Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.

“Over the past 12 months we have seen our rolling passenger total rise to 45 million which puts us on track to meet our projection for 46 million passengers this year.”

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