Dubai International registers passenger growth of 9.2 percent in April
Dubai International (DXB) welcomed more than 7.6 million passengers in April according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
Passenger numbers reached 7,622,946, marking a rise of 9.2 percent compared to the 6,979,063 recorded during the same month in 2016.
Following four months of robust growth, the year-to-date traffic reached 30,119,542 compared to 27,926,958 passengers during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 7.8 percent.
In terms of percentage growth, South America topped the list during April with traffic on routes to the region rising 38.9 percent, followed by Eastern Europe (33.9 percent) and Asia (18.9 percent).
The Indian subcontinent outperformed all regions in terms of volume with 1,694,476 passengers, followed by Western Europe (1,677,144), and the GCC (1,301,785 passengers).
London was the top city destination for DXB with 350,015 passengers in April, followed by Doha (290,524), Jeddah (196,673), Bangkok (192,981) and Mumbai (191,183).
During April, the average number of passengers per movement was 225, an increase of 7.1 percent compared to 210 recorded during the same month in 2016.
DXB also witnessed cargo traffic growth, handling 217,881 tonnes of freight in April compared to 213,790 in the same month last year, an increase of 1.9 percent.
“The growth at DXB has been very satisfying in the first four months of the year, and with the Islamic festival of Eid Al Fitr coinciding with start of the summer holidays next month, we are confident the numbers will boost our performance in the first half,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.