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Passenger traffic at DXB grows 9.4 per cent in November

Posted 4 January 2017 · Add Comment

Passenger traffic at Dubai international registered an increase of 9.4 per cent in November 2016, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

The airport welcomed a total of 6,581,805 passengers in November compared to 6,013,911 passengers during the same month in 2015, an increase of 9.4 per cent. The year to date traffic in November totalled 75,947,899 passengers, up 7 per cent compared to 70,961,598 passengers recorded during the first eleven months of the year in 2015.

India (YTD 958,763 passengers) was the top destination country in terms of total passenger numbers recorded in November – the growth spurred mainly by increase in capacity and launch of new services by Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Air India and other carriers during the year, followed by Saudi Arabia (469,483 passengers), the UK (465,385), and Pakistan (308,071). The top regions in terms of percentage growth were Eastern Europe (26.5 per cent) and Asia (17.3 per cent) followed closely by the GCC (17 per cent), while London (286,986), Doha (235,910), Mumbai (202,041) and Riyadh (151,791) were the top destination cities with highest growth during the month

Aircraft movements in November 2016 totalled 34,692, up 2.7 per cent compared to 33,787 recorded during the same month in 2015. The year to date aircraft movements totalled 382,155 compared to 371,103 recorded during the period under review in 2015, a growth of 2.9 per cent. The average number of passengers per flight during the month was 200 up from 188 during November 2015.

Dubai International handled 234,743 tonnes of cargo during November, a year on year growth of 7.5 per cent compared to 218,323 tonnes recorded during the same month 2015. The year to date freight volumes reached 2,362,332 compared to 2,287,167 tonnes handled during the corresponding period in 2015, an increase of 3.3 per cent. 

Describing DXB’s performance during the year as very satisfying, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said, “We are very pleased with the overall growth at DXB in general and passenger traffic in particular, with average monthly traffic nearing 7 million passengers this year. Considering the seasonal rush of travellers we experienced at DXB during the holiday season in December, we are all set to achieve impressive annual growth yet again.” 

Analyst Saj Ahmad said: “Dubai International's powerful growth in 2016 showed no sign of stopping as the airport handled almost 76m passengers through to November. 

“The sheer demand for travel to and through the key Gulf gateway means that the airport is well on track to achieve another record-breaking year for traffic as well as cementing it's place as the world's busiest international airport.”

Ahmad added: “Services to and from India were big drivers for November thanks‎ to new flights from an array of Indian airlines, however, the big two dominant home incumbents in Emirates and flydubai have bolstered their organic expansion to help drive traffic to the hub.

“It's more than likely that 2017 will form the basis of another highlight year for Dubai International, while in the background, additional new development work at Dubai World Central will get underway to accommodate flydubai when it shifts operations there later this year through early 2018.”

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