Passenger traffic up yet again at Dubai International

29/08/2013 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Passenger traffic up yet again at Dubai International

Dubai International Airport welcomed 5.3 million visitors in July 2013 - a 6.1 per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period in 2012.

New figures released by Dubai Airports - the organisation that runs the facility - showed the aviation hub is well on the way to surpassing the 57 million passengers that used the site throughout 2012.

The company had previously predicted that around 66 million air travellers would fly into the city in 2013 and it seems this forecast was fairly accurate. Indeed, year-to-date traffic is up by 15.3 per cent, with just under 38 million visitors passing through Dubai International thus far.

There were 28,462 aircraft movements in July, which is a 2.3 per cent improvement on last year.

Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul Griffiths said: "Dubai International continues to build its reputation as a leading global hub that is characterised by relentless traffic growth, rapid expansion and an unflagging commitment to service."

He confirmed that a lot of work takes place behind the scenes to ensure the airport becomes one of the biggest and busiest on the planet.

Until now, much of this effort has gone unnoticed, but Mr Griffiths confirmed that a new ten-part documentary entitled 'Ultimate Airport Dubai' will be aired by the National Geographic channel in September. This will give people a better idea of what has been happening at the aviation complex.

There is no doubt that Dubai International is one of the fastest growing airports in the world and recent expansion work has seen the total annual capacity rise to 75 million passengers.

A number of airlines have added new services, providing excellent links to hundreds of destinations.

In July, Dubai Airports revealed that 84 new flights had been introduced across 25 destinations in the first half of 2013 alone. Of course, this is very good news for foreign investors who need to travel into the UAE on a regular basis.