Dubai International, the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, welcomed 6.4 million passengers in October, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,420,208 passengers compared to 6,250,810 recorded in the corresponding month last year, representing an increase of 2.7%.
Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 6.8 percent to 69,366,094 compared to 64,947,684 recorded during the first ten months of 2015.
Eastern Europe led the pack again as the fastest-growing market in October (+25.2 percent) thanks to additional capacity and new services launched by a number of airlines, followed by South America (9.9 percent), Asia (8.2 percent) and the Indian Subcontinent (6.7 percent).
India remained the top destination country (901,958 passengers), followed by the UK (493,181 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (349,198 passengers).
London continued to be the top destination city out of Dubai with 301,024 passengers followed by Doha (230,561 passengers) and Mumbai (177,590 passengers).
Baku (+108.7 percent) topped the list of cities in terms of percentage growth, followed by Amritsar (80.9 percent), Calicut (56.8 percent) and Cape Town (49.3 percent) due to increased capacity. The average number of passengers per flight during the month was 191, up from 187 in October of last year.
Meanwhile, October’s freight volumes totalled 236,169 tonnes, up 9.5 percent year on year. “Cargo numbers impressed during October with the biggest monthly increase we’ve seen all year,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.
“On the passenger side, we remain on track to achieve our forecast for 83 million passengers by year-end. Accordingly, DXB is sure to retain its status as the leading airport worldwide for international passenger traffic.”
DXB has been voted for the world’s ‘Best Airport for Layovers’ at the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards Middle East for the second year running. Dubai was the top choice among the three final nominees chosen in the category by readers of the luxury travel publication, the other two being Doha’s Hamad International Airport, and Singapore’s Changi International Airport.