Dubai International Airport records 11.7% growth last month after declines in April and May
Dubai airport passenger traffic rebounds in June
Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest by international travel, saw passenger traffic rebound 11.7 per cent in June following a consecutive two-month decline because of this year's Ramadan timing.
The hub handled 6.8 million passengers in June versus 6.08 million in the same month a year ago, its operator Dubai Airports said in a statement on Wednesday.
The steep recovery in traffic was mainly because Ramadan, a month when regional travel slows down, fell in May and June this year but coincided in June in 2017, Dubai Airports said.
Dubai International Airport, home to Emirates airlines, has seen the rate of passenger traffic flows slow down in 2017 after years of rapid double-digit growth. In May, the number of passengers shrunk by 3.8 per cent and in April by 0.1 per cent. Growth is expected to accelerate in 2019, propelled by a partnership between Emirates and sister low-cost carrier flydubai, Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths told The National earlier this year.
In the first six months of 2018, the airport handled 43.7 million passengers, an increase of 1.6 per cent, on the year earlier though the number of flight movements were down two per cent to 201,784.
Flight movements--or the landings and take-offs-- in June grew 6.4 per cent year-on-year to 32,805.
The number of passengers per flight during the month also grew 4.9 per cent to 213, up from 203 in June last year.
All its major markets showed "robust" growth in June and the most popular regions were CIS countries, Eastern Europe, Africa and North America. The top countries by passenger volumes were India, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Pakistan and the US. London, Mumbai and New Delhi were the most popular cities in June.
The airport handled 214,612 tonnes of cargo during June, a 0.5 per cent decline compared to 215,668 tonnes in the same month a year ago. Cargo volumes also dropped in the first half by 2.7 per cent to 1.27 million tonnes. Most of Dubai's air freight operations have been re-located to Dubai's second hub Al Maktoum International Airport, which is set expand its capacity.
Dubai Airports forecasts a growth of 90.3 million passengers in 2018 for Dubai International Airport from 88.2 million in 2017.