Passenger numbers continue to grow, says Dubai Airports

27/12/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Passenger numbers continue to grow, says Dubai Airports

The number of tourists and businesspeople passing through Dubai International Airport increased by ten per cent in November when compared to the same month in 2011.New figures released by Dubai Airports have confirmed that 4.875 million air passengers entered the UAE via the emirate's main airport last month.This meant the aviation facility has recorded double-digit annual growth in all but two months this year.Leaders at the company now believe the initial target of 56.5 million visitors for the whole of 2012 will be surpassed.Although western Europe still provides the bulk of Dubai's air traffic, there has been impressive growth in the number of South Americans flying into the city.Indeed, the statistics indicated that visitor numbers from places like Brazil and Argentina were up by 98.9 per cent year-on-year during the month, thanks mainly to new services being offered by Emirates.There was also a 22.6 per cent rise in passenger numbers from Russia and a 21 per cent increase from Australasia.Chief executive officer at Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths was understandably very happy with the figures."We are very glad with the traffic growth this year and are all set to surpass our target of 56.5 million passengers by a margin, taking us closer to operating Dubai International at full capacity," he remarked."It is no coincidence that Concourse A, the A380 facility that underwent operational readiness trial recently, will open in early 2013 providing much needed capacity."Earlier this week, Dubai Airports revealed that the second trial of the new Concourse A facility received "overwhelming support" from the general public.Nearly 1,500 volunteers signed up to take part in the test run, which was aimed at helping airport staff iron out any inefficiencies and make necessary improvements before the concourse opens early next year.Concourse A will expand the airport's overall capacity to 75 million passengers a year and Mr Griffiths insisted that the pilot tests are crucial to its success.