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DXB sees passenger traffic top 8.2m in August

Posted 26 September 2017 · Add Comment

Dubai International (DXB) has registered yet another month of record passenger traffic with 8.2 million passengers welcomed in August, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

Boosted by the seasonal rush of travellers, particularly UAE residents returning for the start of the academic year, passenger traffic at DXB reached 8,233,311 in August compared to 7,727,105 recorded in the same month last year, an increase of 6.6%. The year to date traffic totalled 59,353,368 passengers up 6.3% compared to 55,851,148* recorded during the first eight months of 2016.

During August South America (27.4%) was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth followed by Asia (21.9%), and Eastern Europe (18.8%). In terms of passenger volumes, India remained the top destination country with 1,044,730 passengers in August, followed by the UK (611,254 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (610,434 passengers). London was the top destination city with 377,130 passengers followed closely by Kuwait (284,151 passengers) and Mumbai (211,564 passengers). 

The average number of passengers per flight during the month remained high at 246, up 7.2% compared to 229 recorded in August 2016.

Flight movements totalled 34,370 during the month under review compared to 34,967* recorded in August 2016, marginally down by 1.7%. Year to date flight movement totalled 274,549, down 1.5% compared to 278,799* recorded during the first eight months in 2016.

Freight volumes surged to 221,508 tonnes in August, up 10.1% compared to 201,100 tonnes recorded in the corresponding month in 2016. Year to date cargo reached 1,737,676 tonnes up 3% compared to 1,686,277 tonnes recorded the first eight months last year.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said, “We are very pleased with the way things are shaping up this year, not only in terms of growth, which has been robust with passenger numbers exceeding the 8-million mark three times – in January, July and August, but also with our success in significantly enhancing the airport experience with initiatives such as the launch of the world’s fastest free airport Wi-Fi, streaming entertainment service ICFlix, quicker passport control and shorter wait times in queues thanks to cutting edge technology.”

“As we celebrate Dubai International’s 57th anniversary later this week, we will renew our commitment to make the world’s number one airport for international passenger volumes also the world’s best for customer service,” he added.

Analyst Saj Ahmad commented: “Dubai Internationals continued pace of growth in 2017 shows no sign of stopping. With a record 8.2m passengers handled at the airport, the peak summer season has shown that travel demand to and through the city has been driven by lower fares as well as greater travel connectivity options as key incumbent airlines like Emirates and flydubai lead the way in increased organic expansion.

“Almost 60m passengers have passed through Dubai International Airport year to date and its largely a given now that it will end 2017 on yet another high, cementing its status as the world’s busiest international gateway.”

Ahmad added: “While freight traffic moved up 10% over the same period a year ago, it remains relatively flat in 2017 with just 3% growth over the year versus the first eight months of 2016. Volume growth has led to pricing and yield pressure but the rise in August stems largely from the peak summer traffic and demand for products and services across the UAE and beyond.”

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