Dubai Air Traffic is up 6.1% in July

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Dubai International airport passenger traffic in July reached 5,310,361, an increase of 6.1 percent compared to 5,006,155 during the corresponding month in 2012.

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Dubai International airport passenger traffic in July reached 5,310,361 passengers, an increase of 6.1% compared to 5,006,155 in the same month last year.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International, the world’s second busiest airport for international passengers, rose 6.1 percent in July, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

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Year to date traffic is up 15.3 percent to 37,972,464 compared to 32,937,794 during the first seven months of 2012. Aircraft movements totalled 28,462 during July, an increase of 2.3 percent from the 27,829 recorded during the same period last year. Passengers per aircraft movement in July came in at 201.

All regions recorded positive growth this month with the exception of AGCC (-8.0%) and the Middle East (-12.6%) both of which saw traffic dip due to the year-on-year shift in the timing of Ramadan. Among the strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Eastern Europe (+58.7%), driven by flydubai expansion to multiple destinations in the region and Emirates new service to Warsaw.

Passenger traffic to and from Australasia rose 49.4 percent driven by Emirates expansion and the new Qantas operation connecting Australia and London through Dubai. On a country level, Australia (+53.6%), the U.K. (+22.1%), Sri Lanka (+20.6%) and France (+17.5%) recorded the largest increases.

In terms of overall passenger numbers, Western Europe traffic took over as the top market thanks to robust growth (+13.4%) during the month. The Indian subcontinent, which fell to second spot, continued to show positive growth (+6.1%) due to the expansion of several Indian carriers including Indigo, Spice Jet and Air India Express. North American traffic growth slowed recently, in comparison with the strong growth trends witnessed last year.

Air freight volumes saw a modest increase of 1.2 percent during July with volumes of 206,950 tonnes compared to 204,510 recorded during the same period last year. Year-to-date growth remains robust with cargo volumes totaling 1,403,844 tonnes, up 9.8 percent from the 1,278,706 tonnes shipped during the same period last year.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths:

“Dubai International continues to build its reputation as a leading global hub that is characterised by relentless traffic growth, rapid expansion and an unflagging commitment to service.”

Photo: Alex Polezhaev/Flickr

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