Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai International Airport experienced substantial growth in passenger numbers last year, making it one of the busiest airports in the world.
Figures show a year-on-year growth of 9.2 per cent in passenger numbers with airport traffic up to a record 40.9 million people in 2009.
Airports Council International data shows that 46 of the world's 50 busiest airports suffered falls in international passenger traffic in the first three quarters of 2009.
Dubai International joined Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur and Cairo as the only members of that list to have experienced growth.
Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation, said: "This rapid growth strengthens our commitment to continue building Dubai into a world-class global aviation and logistics hub. If we can set records in a tough economic environment, the sky is the limit for what we can achieve when conditions improve."
Construction is currently underway in Dubai on Al Maktoum International Airport, which will supplement Dubai International.