Dubai outpaces global airports

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A new report reflects that the Dubai International Airport grew at the fastest rate, in terms of annual seat capacity, compared to other global airports.
A new report says the Dubai International Airport grew at the fastest rate in terms of annual seat capacity, compared to other global airports. Photo-Pratiik Joshi

Latest statistics suggest that Dubai International Airport has become the fastest growing airport in the world in terms of annual seat capacity growth.

The figures have been released in a report — ‘THE OAG FACTS’ (Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics) by OAG, an aviation intelligence company. Compared to April last year, about 757,000 additional seats will be available from Dubai International. Since 2004, Dubai International Airport has managed to maintain strong growth momentum and increase capacity by an average of 12 percent per year. The Dubai International Airport was also recently named by Airports Council International as the world’s second busiest airport for passenger traffic.

The second place in the table is occupied by Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International. The airport has added 552,000 seats since the same period last year. It is followed by the Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which has increased passenger throughput by 529,000 compared to the previous year. Istanbul’s airport was also recently named the fastest growing airport of 2012 in terms of annual passenger numbers.

“Dubai International Airport’s consistent increase in capacity over the last decade has been largely driven by the growth of Dubai-based carrier Emirates.  Over the last 12 months alone, the airline has added nine new destinations, which equates to nearly 22,000 additional seats every day. Capacity has also increased significantly on a number of existing routes, including the Dubai International-London Heathrow service, which became an all-A380 operation in December 2012.” — John Grant, Executive Vice President, OAG

The top five rankings are rounded out by Indonesia’s Jakarta International Airport and Mexico City International Airport at fourth and fifth positions respectively. Industry estimates show airports in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific will continue to expand their capacity as flag carriers and low-cost airlines continue to add seats to meet resurgent demand.

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