Dubai International Airport (DIA) will cross the 50 million passenger mark this year as it continues to record double-digit growth, it has been predicted.
Paul Griffiths, chief executive of DIA, said the projected achievement, which would come at an annual growth rate of 11 per cent, followed the airport's launch of 22 new routes in the past year.
"All of our 130 airlines are posting strong growth figures, and of course growth from our [local] airlines such as Emirates and flydubai is significant," he told Gulf News.
"They're taking on more aircraft and more routes, forming the backbone of our growth."
The comments come after DIA this week revealed that it welcomed a record 47.2 million passengers in 2010, up 15.3 per cent on the 40.9 million passengers recorded the previous year.
It was also shown that cargo volumes saw impressive growth at the airport, with annual cargo traffic rising to 2.27 million tonnes, up 17.7 per cent on 2009.