Complex Made Simple

Dubai airport’s passenger traffic soars 6.3 per cent in January

85 million passengers expected in 2016, up from 78m last year

Setting a new benchmark, Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed 7.3 million passengers in January. The figure is up by 6.3 per cent from a year earlier and has crossed the previous record of 7.2m passengers set in August 2015, the airport’s operator said on Tuesday (March 15)

The world’s busiest airport for international business opened a new concourse in February, with a capacity of accommodating 90m passengers a year. It expects 85m passengers in 2016, up from 78m last year.

“The record passenger numbers in January confirm that the growth trend from last year has continued into 2016 and we are on course to meet our projection of 85m passengers that we expect to pass through our airport this year,” said Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports.

The airport handled 201,483 tonnes of cargo in January, up by 8.2 per cent from 186,230 tonnes a year earlier.

Aircraft movements totalled 35,914 during the month compared with 34,643 movements in January 2015, up by 3.7 per cent.

Globally, North America recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic (19.9 per cent), followed by the GCC (11.6 per cent) region, in which Saudi Arabia registered double-digit growth thanks to the surge in traffic from Jeddah.

The passenger traffic in the Indian subcontinent grew by 8.7 per cent during the month.

India remained the top destination in January with a total of 989,819 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (606,730 passengers) and the UK (488,819 passengers), while London was placed number one on the list of top destination cities, followed closely by Doha and Jeddah.