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Dubai on track in 2014 to post record traffic numbers

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport rose 5.7% in October putting the gateway on track to eclipse the 71 million mark by year-end, according to operator Dubai Airports.

The month total of 5,989,007 compared to 5,667,698 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 5.7%.

Year-to-date traffic rose 6.1% to 58,411,554 compared to 55,046,863 recorded during the same period in 2013, while aircraft movements grew 1.6% to 32,798, up marginally from the 32,279 recorded during October 2013.

Year-to-date movements totalled 290,779 compared to 305,596 in the same period last year, a contraction of 4.8% largely due to the shift of all pure cargo flights as well as general aviation to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) earlier this year.

The temporary reduction of flights experienced during the 80-day runway refurbishment project earlier this year also had an impact.

Spurred by an ongoing increase in the number of wide bodied aircraft servicing the airport, the number of passengers per flight was 192 during October unchanged from October 2013, while the year-to-date average was 212 passengers per flight, up 6.5% from the same period last year.

The Indian subcontinent was the top market in terms of growth in overall passenger numbers (+121,669) closely followed by Western Europe (113,032), Asia (+73,675) and Africa (+31,405).

In terms of percentage growth Eastern Europe (+22%) was the strongest market followed by Asia (15.4%) while declines were recorded in Russia & CIS (-8.2%) AGGC (-3.%) and Middle East (-3.2%).

Freight volumes decreased 6.2% in October with 195,824 tonnes passing through the facility compared to 208,695 tonnes recorded during the same month last year due to the move of freighter operations to DWC.

Year-to-date cargo traffic totalled 1,959,108 tonnes compared to 2,002,291 tonnes recorded in the first 10 months of 2013, down 2.2%.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, explains: “We are on track to exceed 71 million passengers by year-end which is a remarkable number when you consider we lost the services of one or our runways for almost three months.

“We are neck-and-neck with London Heathrow in our race for the number one position coming down the home stretch. It is sure to be a photo finish.”

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