Dubai International Airport saw a 17 per cent rise in passenger traffic in January compared to a year ago.
The airport also announced that cargo volumes increased by 31.5 per cent during the month.
In total, the airport handled 3.86 million passengers in January compared to 3.3 million in January 2009. Freight volumes reached 171,453 tonnes, up from 130,375 tonnes in the same period a year earlier.
Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports, said: "Freight growth is likely to continue throughout the rest of the year as additional capacity comes on line and global cargo movement picks up."
It is expected that the new Al Maktoum International will accommodate some of that traffic growth when it opens for cargo operations in June.
Last week, Boeing claimed that the prospects for air travel growth in the Middle East are strong. It said that airlines in the region will buy 1,710 commercial jets worth US$300 billion over the next two decades, Gulf News reported.