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Dubai airports to set passenger records for 2017, with October best

Dubai International (DXB) welcomed 6.9 million passengers in October, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,865,296 in October compared to 6,420,208 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 6.9%. Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 5.9% to 73,433,846 compared to 69,366,094 recorded during the first ten months of 2016.

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South America was the top region among markets with the highest growth rate in October (+39.9%) followed by Eastern Europe (23.5%) mainly driven by Russia – where DXB connects passengers to 13 destinations – and Croatia, and Asia (20.3 %) propelled by the growth on routes to China and Thailand. India remained the top destination country (1,009,005 passengers), followed by the UK (525,896 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (407,262 passengers).

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During the month under review, London was the top destination city out of Dubai with 327,400 passengers followed by Mumbai (219,512 passengers) and New Delhi (184,754 passengers).

Saj Ahamd Chief Analyst – StrategicAero Research told AMEinfo: “Dubai International’s continued rise in monthly traffic comes as little surprise. With over 73.4m passengers handled to date, the airport is almost certain to set new records again in 2017.”

“While airplane movements was lower, average passenger count per departure was actually higher by almost 12%, signalling more use of A380s by dominant operator Emirates as well as fuller cabins on its 777-300ERs, which is in tandem with its financial turnaround announced earlier in November.”

He added that Europe in particular leads the way for traffic out of Dubai and it’s evident that the likes of Emirates is keen to continue its expansion here – especially in the wake of the Air Berlin collapse, which has partly led Emirates to deploy all A380s on its Frankfurt services from 2018″.

Flight movement and freight

Flight movements in October totalled 33,257 compared to 35,314* flights operated at DXB during the same month last year, a contraction of 5.8%. Year to date flight movements totalled 340,940, down 2.3% compared to 348,893* recorded during the first ten months of 2016. The average number of passengers per flight during the month was 213, up 11.6% compared to 191 recorded during October of last year.

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DXB handled freight totalling 231,805 tonnes compared to 236,169 tonnes during October 2016, down 1.8%. Year to date cargo volumes as at the end of October reached 2,189,824, a growth of 2.9% compared to 2,127,589 tonnes recorded during the same period last year.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said, “The third quarter has begun on a very positive note for DXB and with the hub on track to achieve our forecast of 89 million passengers for the year, our focus will be on continuing to maintain customer service quality and overall airport experience.”