DXB passenger numbers rise 2% in October with India top destination
North America is the airport’s fastest growing region
Dubai International Airport (DXB), the world’s busiest for international traffic, handled more than 7 million passengers in October, a 2.1 per cent increase from a year earlier, with India retaining its spot as the top destination.
DXB’s traffic in the first 10 months of the year rose 1.5 per cent to 74.5 million, Dubai Airports, the operator of DXB and DWC airports, said in a statement on Monday.
India’s 999,771 passenger traffic was followed by the UK (502,890), Saudi Arabia (444,803), while the top three cities were London (302,139), Mumbai (204,753) and New Delhi (184,669). The US attracted (231,688) and China (200,765).
North America was the airport’s fastest growing region, with passengers from there increasing 14.4 per cent, followed by Africa with 9.8 per cent and CIS countries with 8 per cent.
Airlines at DXB will reduce flights they operate for 45 days next year when the southern runway will be closed from April 16 to May 30 for resurfacing and replacement of ground lighting.
Emirates, the world's biggest carrier by long-haul traffic and the home airline, will reduce flights by a third during the period. Emirates will cancel and reschedule some flights, and reduce the number of flights to certain destinations. The airport expects to handle just over 90 million passengers next year from 88.2 million last year.
In terms of cargo, DXB’s freight volume rose 2.5 per cent to more than 237,000 tonnes. Total cargo handled at the airport in the first 10 months of this year declined 0.9 per cent to 2.17 million tonnes.
Updated: December 10, 2018 12:58 PM