Dubai International Airport is witnessing a steep rise in passenger traffic with an increase of 7.8 per cent recorded during the first 11 months of 2011. The airport showed no slowdown in its passenger volume since October last year, Dubai airport officials said.
The world?s largest airport has the capacity to carry about 60 million passengers and is falling 4 million passengers short to cross the 50 million mark. Dubai International chief said traffic at the airport from January to November 2011 reached to 46.29 million passengers which reflects an increase of 7.8 percent.
Jamal Al Hai, Senior Vice President for International Affairs and Communications in Dubai Airport, said: ?Considering that we had an average monthly traffic of 4.2 million passengers in the first 11 months of 2011, we are well on track to surpass the iconic 50 million figure?.
?Dubai International is already among the top five busiest hubs for international passengers and this milestone, while further affirming the soundness of Dubai?s aviation model, will demand from us greater focus on managing growth and delivering on our customer service commitments in New Year,? he added.
According to the AGCC report, country?s airport has reported the highest number of passenger followed by Russia, Indian Subcontinent and European airports.
However, there has been a slight downfall in the freight movement handling by about 191,658 tonnes of freight in November, compared to 192,405 same period in 2010.
According to analysts, the continuous rise in passenger list is because of increasing tourism and present unrest in other parts of the Middle East. Apart from that there has been a strong demand of air travel in Gulf.
ABU DHABI COMPETITION
Despite steep passenger rise in Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport posted a 16 per cent growth in air passenger in the month of November last year.
According to the data compiled by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), this is the fifth consecutive month where rise in air-passenger has been witnessed. Apart from that, cargo sector has also seen a steep increase with over 42,000 tonnes of freight handled through the month, a 7 percent increase compare to same period 2010.
?Last November was one of the busiest months for Abu Dhabi International Airport, particularly with the many activities surrounding the F1 season taking place around the capital, along with the Hajj season, which drove passenger traffic to rise through the airport’s diverse network,? Harib Al Hameli, Vice President of Operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport said.?He added: ?We look forward to sustaining our dynamic growth, and to continue providing our passengers with award-winning customer service combined with high level of efficient and safe operations.?
According to the data compiled by General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), there were 60, 497 air movements in the UAE during the month of November?of which 27,516 movements were directly handled by Dubai International Airport, half the size of the UAE air traffic.
Dubai International Airport is also in the race to increase passenger capacity from 60 million to 90 million per year by 2018. The ongoing airport and airspace expansion has been endorsed by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, and Ruler of Dubai.
Sources: Arabian Business, Gulf News, Zawya
(Written by Pratish Amin; Edited by Moign Khawaja)