Dubai International Airport, world’s fourth busiest hub for international passengers racked up another month of double digit growth this November.
Dubai Airports in its monthly traffic report said that the passenger traffic is forecast to reach 66 million in 2013. The november monthly traffic reached 4,875,003, up 10 per cent over 4,431,673 in the corresponding month in 2011.
Dubai Airport continued to enjoy double-digit growth in passenger numbers in all but two months of the year so far. The year to date traffic (November) totalled 52,363,589 compared with 46,287,234 during the same period last year, an increase of 13.1 per cent.
Western Europe recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers* in November (+153,089 passengers), followed by the Indian subcontinent (+94,876), Asia (+48,237), and Africa (+42,683). Contraction in traffic on Middle Eastern routes continued (-53,444) owing to the impact of the ongoing situation in certain parts of the region.
South America (+98.9 per cent) followed by Russia and CIS (+22.6 per cent), Australasia (+21 per cent ) and North America (+20 per cent) were cited as the strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth. The growth in these markets were due to the the new routes launched coupled with demand especially on US routes.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said, “We are very glad with the traffic growth this year and are all set to surpass our target of 56.5 million passengers by a margin, taking us closer to operating Dubai International at full capacity. It is no coincidence that Concourse A, the A380 facility that underwent operational readiness trial recently, will open in early 2013 providing much needed capacity.”
Concourse A is part of the Terminal 3 complex which will increase Dubai International’s annual passenger capacity from 60 million to 75 million when it opens next year.