x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Dubai airport passenger traffic up 19% in April

Passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport climbed 18.7 per cent in April from a year earlier and should maintain that pace of growth in coming months, airport authorities said on Monday.

Passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport climbed 18.7 per cent in April from a year earlier and should maintain that pace of growth in coming months, airport authorities said on Monday.

Passenger traffic totalled 5.42 million people in April, exceeding 5m for a fifth straight month.

The largest absolute increase in total passenger numbers during April was recorded on western European routes. Some Middle Eastern routes that were affected by political instability last year grew moderately in April, the airport operator said without elaborating.

"It is very clear that our growth rate has picked up and that should continue at a similar pace into the next quarter and beyond," Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports, said in a statement.

Growth was slightly slower than a 20.6 per cent increase in March but well above low to mid double-digit rates since earlier in the year.

Freight volume through the airport rose 7.3 per cent to 199,985 tonnes in April; in the first four months of this year, it climbed 11.5 per cent to 784,832 tonnes.

 

* Reuters