According to a traffic report issued by airport operator Dubai Airports, Dubai International’s passenger traffic hit 32.6 million in the first six months of 2013. This figure has created a record as the airport is the busiest it has ever been.
Dubai International Airport has consistently recorded over 15 percent growth and is well on its way to beat London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest airport by 2015.
Details in the report narrate that Dubai International handled a total of 5,537,908 passengers in June, which shows a robust growth of 17.5 percent from the 4,714,746 who passed through the airport in June 2012.
Following seven consecutive months of five-million-plus traffic, the year-to-date traffic reached 32,662,103 up 16.9 percent from 27,931,639 in the first half of 2012. The average monthly passenger traffic recorded in the first six months of the year stood at 5.44 million compared to 4.65 million during the corresponding period in 2012.
June saw the outflow of passengers to the top five destinations in terms of passenger volumes which included India, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Australia and Pakistan. Expedited by the launch of Qantas operations into Dubai in April, 2013 Australia (+44.4%) tops the list in terms of percentage growth, followed by Saudi Arabia (+35.0%), the UK (+21.9%) and India (+21.0%).
The AGCC continued to top the list of regions with the largest increase in total passenger numbers (+198,779 passengers), followed by Western Europe (+170,782), and the Indian subcontinent (+158,161). South America was the only region recording a fall in traffic (-5,508) in June.
Paul Griffiths; “The first half this year has been very satisfying with double-digit growth across all markets, boosted by the launch of 84 new services to 25 destinations. A major driver of growth was Emirates airline’s tie-up with Qantas and consequent launch of the Australian carrier’s operations into Dubai. A number of major events are lined up for the remainder of the year – including the opening of the passenger operations at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International in October followed by the Dubai Airshow 2013 in November – making the second half even more promising.” — Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports
Aircraft movements in June totaled 30,191 up 10.1 percent from 27,428 registered during the same period in 2012. Year-to-date aircraft movements totaled 182,911, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to 170,249 recorded during the first half of 2012.