29 August, 2018

Passenger numbers up at Dubai International Airport

The home base of Emirates and flydubai, Dubai International Airport recorded a rise of 1.8% in the number of passengers using the airport during July this year.  The world’s busiest airport for international travellers handled 8.2 million passengers during the month, up from 8.06 million a year ago.

The airport also reported that for the first seven months of the year has also seen an increase in passenger traffic, up 1.6% to 51.9 million. And, it is not just passengers numbers that are up, the amount of cargo handled also went up over the July figures, by 4.8% although the year to end of July was down on last years totals by around 1.6%, although that is to be expected as Al Maktoum International, handles a significant amount of Dubai’s air cargo.   

In terms of growth rate, Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in July with traffic up 24.4% - mainly fueled by flydubai’s route development plan. The CIS was next, up 18.34% with major contributions from the Russian market and destinations such as Bishkek, Baku and Almaty among others, and Africa (+9.7%).

Recently Emirates airlines announced an increase in schedules to Riyadh with the addition of a fourth daily flight to the Saudi capital from 1st September 2018. The airline is also increasing flights to Amsterdam early next year due to phenomenal increase in demand.