Passengers continue to flood into Dubai

28/11/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Passengers continue to flood into Dubai

It has been a record-breaking year for Dubai International Airport, with passenger numbers exceeding all expectations.There appears to be no let-up in the volume of people streaming into the emirate and bosses at Dubai Airports have now confirmed that October was another very good month for the tourism sector.A staggering 4.92 million people passed through the world's fourth busiest international hub during the month, which represented a 14.3 per cent increase on October 2011.The airport has welcomed nearly 47.5 million travellers into the UAE so far in 2012 - up by 13.5 per cent on the first ten months of last year.Dubai is obviously hugely appealing to foreign holidaymakers thanks to its warm weather, gorgeous beaches, world-class hotels, amazing shopping malls and entertainment districts.Of course, many of the people visiting the emirate will be business travellers, as Dubai hosts numerous exhibitions and conferences throughout the year.According to Dubai Airports, a number of new routes introduced by airlines like Emirates have made the city far more accessible.This was highlighted by a 93.2 per cent upturn in visitors from South America and a 25.7 per cent rise in passengers from Russia."Growth continues at an impressive clip with almost five million passengers monthly fast becoming the norm," Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul Griffiths remarked."At this rate we expect to exceed our initial forecast of 56.5 million passengers and should end the year at or around 57 million passengers."Dubai International Airport is undergoing major expansion work in order to cater for 75 million passengers from next year.The Centre for Aviation - the leading provider of independent market analysis for the industry - recently claimed the airport was getting "uncomfortably close" to reaching its maximum capacity of 60 million people a year.Members of the organisation also stated that if recent trends persist, the facility will be well on its way to becoming the biggest - and the busiest - airport on the planet.