Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai International Airport has recorded a solid performance in the first half of 2010 with passenger traffic for the six months to June up to 22,554,445.
That is a 16.3 per cent increase on the 19,397,089 received in the corresponding period last year and follows Dubai International's twelve consecutive months of double-digit growth in passenger traffic from June 2009 to May 2010.
Official figures from Dubai Airports also revealed that the average monthly passenger traffic in the first half of this year stood at 3.7 million compared to 3.1 million during the first six months of 2009.
Cargo also continued its upward trend throughout the first half with a year-to-date movement of 1,101,856 tonnes of freight compared to 874,828 tonnes during the same period last year - an increase of 26 per cent.
"Dubai International was the only airport among the major international hubs recording positive growth throughout this period," observed Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports. "As the global economic situation continues to improve further, our performance will only grow stronger."
In the first half of 2010, Dubai International witnessed the launch of over 145 weekly flights to over 21 destinations across Asia, Europe and Africa by different passenger carriers including Emirates and flydubai.