Dubai Airports has retained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers in 2015. The airport, including all of its terminals, released its 2015 Yearbook today, recapping the highlights and accomplishments of the year.
According to the data released, 78 million passengers passed through Dubai International (DXB) in 2015. The airport’s traffic saw record growth in August, increasing by 9.5 per cent from the figures in the same month of 2014. DXB registered 7.2m passengers that month, the highest monthly traffic in its 55-year history.
At Dubai World Central (DWC), 100 solar panels power the employee gate facility, reducing the amount of power used by nearly one-third.
Highlights of the year
In January, Dubai Airports welcomed 6.8m passengers, a record that was broken in August.
Later in March, the airports participated in a 24-hour switch-off, part of the run-up to Earth Hour on March 28. This was not a complete switch-off, but included turning off all “non-essential lights at Dubai International and Dubai World Central for an hour daily starting March 5.”
While incomplete, the initiative saved approximately 230,000 kWh in energy. The amount is enough to power an average home for about 15 years.
“This is the seventh consecutive year of our participation in this important global event and the second year of our 24-day-long green initiative,” said Phil Blum, SVP Enterprise Assurance at Dubai Airports.
“While the direct outcome in terms of energy savings is considerable and positive, the campaign’s real objective is in creating awareness among the thousands of people who are part of the workforce across the airport and the hundreds of thousands of passengers that pass through out terminals every day,” Blum added.
In the summer month of July, Dubai Airports opened a new facility for children and families on Concourse B, Terminal 3 at Dubai International.
The Kids Zone is complete with creative play equipment, a television screen, baby-changing rooms and nursing areas.
The space also offers a comfortable waiting area for families who are attending to their children while waiting for the next flight.
In September, Dubai International won the World Routes Marketing Award 2015 under the 50m-passenger category. The award was announced at the 21st World Route Development Forum in Durban, South Africa.
DXB was also the overall winner at the Routes Middle East & Africa Marketing Awards in June 2015.
The award provides a platform for airlines to choose which airport provides them with the best overall marketing services and the airport or tourism authority they think provides the best overall services related to route development. Winners are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community.