Passenger traffic at the world’s number one airport for international passenger numbers, Dubai International (DXB), grew year on year by 4.5%, after 7.85 million passengers travelled through the airport during the month of March.
Taking into consideration the earlier Easter holiday period, passenger figures climbed from 7,511,431 during the same period in 2017, to 7,852,501 in March of this year. Overall passenger numbers are up 1.1% during the first quarter of 2018 rising to 22,741,194 compared to 22,496,596 recorded during the same period in 2017.
The number of passenger flights in March fell 1.5% to 34,126 compared to 34,634 last year, however, the passengers per flight continued to be above the industry average in March with 230. Year-to-date flight numbers came in at 98,839 down 1.8% compared to 100,638 recorded during the first quarter of 2017 and the average number of passengers per flight in the first three months of the year rose to 230, compared to 224 during the corresponding period in 2017, an increase of 2.7%.
Saj Ahmad, Chief Analyst – StrategicAero Research said:
“Dubai International’s continued traffic surge for March 2018 underscores the underlying robust demand for travel to and through the city.
While traffic has only risen by 1.1% so far this quarter, the airport had already factored in slower growth this year – this will be paced by continued expansion work as well as the impact of key date changes such as Ramadan falling earlier in the year too.”
Ahmad added: “That aside, with Emirates and flydubai both leading the charge with their ongoing organic expansion, Dubai International is primed to exceed 2017s final tally and remain the world’s busiest international gateway.”
London topped the list of destination cities during the month of March with 348,434 passengers, followed by 216,970 passengers from Mumbai and Bangkok with 208,873 passengers.
India remained the top destination country during March with a total of 1,043,580 passengers, followed by the UK (572,080 passengers), Saudi Arabia (566,292), Pakistan (389,090) and Germany (279,087).
In terms of percentage increase in the market, there were two standout regions, Eastern Europe showed the highest boost at 29.8% compared to last March closely followed by the Russian states (CIS) with a 28.3% year on year growth.
Freight volumes recorded during the month sat at 222,045 tonnes passing through DXB, 5.7 percent down from the 235,503 during the same period last year.