Dubai International Airport has revealed passenger traffic rocketed by 8% last year to a record of nearly 51 million. The number passing through the terminal touched 50.98 million, compared to 47.2 million in 2011, adding yet more weight to Dubai’s standing as a hugely popular tourist destination. In December alone, passenger numbers rose by over 10% to 4.69 million, as tourists flocked to enjoy the emirate’s winter sunshine.
Passenger traffic on routes between Dubai and Eastern Europe also rose by 81% last year, while the biggest markets for the emirate were visitors from the UK and Saudia Arabia. Experts say this rising trend will continue, with Dubai carriers Emirates Airline and FlyDubai both poised to increase their aircraft numbers this year.
The increase in passenger numbers is also having a knock on effect on Dubai’s hotel industry, which continues to post highly positive results. During the month of November 2011, for example, room rates rose by nearly 19%, while occupancy levels averaged close to 90%. Overall in 2011, hotel occupancy levels were up by 4% to an average of over 70%.