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Passenger traffic at Dubai airport rises, but Abu Dhabi drops 2 per cent

Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) airport grew 1.9 per cent in May while in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) it dropped 2 per cent. These figures compare to those of the same month last year.

Dubai’s airport, the world’s busiest for international traffic, welcomed 6.8 million travellers during the month, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

Over the first five months of 2017, DXB welcomed 36,969,594 passengers, a year on year growth of 6.7 per cent compared to 34,649,748 passengers recorded during the same period last year.

South America was the fastest growing region in May climbing 60 per cent, followed by routes to Eastern Europe which registered a year on year growth of 15.5 per cent, and Asia (9.7 per cent).

In terms of passenger volume, India topped all countries with a total of 1,029,929 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (508,613), the UK (451,540), and Pakistan (354,924) while the top cities for passenger traffic were London (292,193), Mumbai (216,173) and Jeddah (178,220).

“Considering that we’ve had some record breaking months earlier in the year, including the rush of travellers during the summer holiday and Eid break last week, we are looking forward to robust growth in the first half,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

Abu Dhabi airport welcomed 1,941,959 passengers in May against 1,982,010 in the same month last year.

Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said the drop was due to a shift in transit flights

“All airlines are now operating point to point flights, rather than transit flights, hence the airport is no longer registering any transit passengers in the figures. May 2016 recorded 12,559 transit passengers against zero this month,” Al Shamsi said.

On the other hand, the airport in the UAE capital city handled more than 10.1m passengers during the first five months of this year, registering 1.8 per cent increase in traffic compared with the same period in 2016.

For Abu Dhabi too, India remained the top country for passenger traffic representing 21 per cent of total passengers this month, up 0.6 per cent compared to May last year.

The South Asian country was followed by Saudi Arabia after growing sharply by 7.8 per cent, driven by the significant increase in passengers to Riyadh and Jeddah for Umrah. The UK came at third place, growing by 12 per cent.

Passenger traffic to Australia grew significantly and recorded a 24 per cent rise, chiefly because of Etihad’s double daily flights to Sydney.