Posted by Neil King
Dubai International Airport (DIA) maintained its double-digit growth for the sixth consecutive month as it recorded a 12.6 per cent increase in passenger traffic in November.
The airport handled a total of 3.52 million passengers in November 2009 compared to 3.13 million during the same month last year.
Such growth demonstrates the huge opportunities for investment in Dubai business and tourism. DIA chief executive officer Paul Griffiths said he was confident the airport would hit record levels of traffic with over 46 million passengers expected next year.
"In the longer term, we expect to crack the 100 million passenger mark before the end of the next decade so investment in the infrastructure needed to support this growth will continue unabated," said Mr Griffiths.
November was also the second consecutive month of double-digit increases in freight traffic as volumes rose by 19.6 per cent.
Development is currently underway on Al Maktoum International Airport at the heart of Dubai World. This will be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub upon its completion.