Dubai International sees record passenger numbers in first half of 2011

25/07/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Dubai International sees record passenger numbers in first half of 2011
Dubai Airports has announced a massive rise in visitors passing through its airports, including a record-half year for Dubai International.Around 4.07 million passengers passed through the International airport in June 2010, an increase of 10.4 per cent from 3.68 million.Furthermore, 24.6 million people passed through the airport in the first six months of the year, an 8.9 per cent increase on figures from last year, reports ameinfo.com.Paul Griffiths, the chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, said that despite high fuel prices and growing economic uncertainty, the emirate continues to see growth."This is being driven by the addition of new routes and frequencies, more wide-bodied aircraft as well as by the attractiveness of Dubai as a business and tourist destination and an efficient transit point," he explained."Our planned $7.8 billion expansion of Dubai International is well-timed to accommodate the expected average annual growth of 7.2 per cent over the next ten years."Plans to extend Dubai International Airport were announced this month, increasing capacity by 90 million passengers per year by 2018.