Dubai air passenger traffic soars to 5.3m
Dubai, August 28, 2013
Dubai International, the world’s second busiest international hub, has registered a record 5.3 million passengers in July, up 6.1 per cent compared to 5 million last year, according to the monthly traffic report.
The year-to-date traffic surged 15.3 per cent to hit 37.9 million compared to 32.9 million during the first seven months of 2012, stated the report issued by airport operator Dubai Airports.
The aircraft movements totalled 28,462 during July, up 2.3 per cent from the 27,829 recorded during the same period last year. Passengers per aircraft movement in July came in at 201, the report added.
All regions recorded positive growth this month with the exception of AGCC (down 8 per cent) and the Middle East (down 12.6 per cent) both of which saw traffic dip due to the year-on-year shift in the timing of Ramadan.
Among the strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Eastern Europe (over 58.7 per cent), driven by flydubai expansion to multiple destinations in the region and Emirates’ new service to Warsaw.
Passenger traffic to and from Australasia rose 49.4 per cent driven by Emirates expansion and Qantas’ new operation connecting Australia and London through Dubai.
On a country level, Australia (over 53.6 per cent), the UK (over 22.1 per cent), Sri Lanka (over 20.6 per cent) and France (over 17.5 per cent) recorded the largest increases.
In terms of overall passenger numbers, Western Europe traffic took over as the top market thanks to robust growth (over 13.4 per cent) during the month.
The Indian subcontinent, which fell to second spot, continued to show positive growth (over 6.1 per cent) due to the expansion of several Indian carriers including Indigo, Spice Jet and Air India Express.
The North American traffic growth slowed recently, in comparison with the strong growth trends witnessed last year, said the monthly report.
On the cargo front, Dubai Airports said the air freight volumes saw a modest increase of 1.2 per cent during July with volumes of 206,950 tonnes compared to 204,510 recorded during the same period last year.
The year-to-date growth remains robust with cargo volumes totalling 1,403,844 tonnes, up 9.8 per cent from the 1,278,706 tonnes shipped during the same period last year, it added.
Commenting on the growth, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said:“Dubai International continues to build its reputation as a leading global hub that is characterised by relentless traffic growth, rapid expansion and an unflagging commitment to service.”
“What is not immediately visible is the behind-the-scenes activity and co-operation that it takes to deliver on all three fronts every day in a complex and dynamic environment," Griffiths pointed out.
"All of this will soon be on full display to the world when “Ultimate Airport Dubai”, a ten-part series documenting the incredible story of Dubai’s aviation sector, debuts on September 5 across National Geographic Channel’s global network," he added.-TradeArabia News Service