Dubai Airports, which claims that the downturn was entirely due to a major runway upgrade project which concluded on July 20, is quick to note that 10.8% more passengers used DXB in August 2014 than the same month a year ago.
The hub returned to full operational capacity in August following a runway upgrade project that reduced the airport to a single runway for 80 days and cut capacity by 26%.
The year-to-date passenger traffic as at the end of August totalled 46.4 million – an increase of 5.7% compared to the 43.9 million passengers recorded during the first eight months of 2013.
The traditionally strong Indian Subcontinent topped the list of regions with the largest growth in passenger numbers (+147,096), followed by Western Europe (+131,095), Asia (+98,089), the AGCC (+69,223) and Africa (+64,451 passengers).
Monthly cargo volume also rebounded by 4.3%, reaching 192,902 tonnes in August compared to 184,877 tonnes during the same month in 2013.
Year-to-date cargo reached 1,560,869 tonnes during the first eight months of the year, down 2.2% rom 1,596,772 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2013.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, says: “It’s good to return to more robust growth figures resulting from full capacity and ongoing network expansion after being constrained to a one-runway operation for nearly three months.
“The numbers are far more indicative of the growth trend we expect to see for the remainder of the year and will be crucial in our journey to the top of the list of the world’s busiest international hubs.”