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Passenger traffic at DXB reached 7.2 million in September

Posted 26 October 2017 · Add Comment

Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) reached 7.2 million in September, according to a traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

The world’s number one airport for international passenger traffic welcomed 7,215,182 passengers in September compared to 7,094,738 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 1.7%. The softening of the growth was mainly due to the splitting of seasonal rush of travellers during Eid holidays which started in August and ended in September. The year to date traffic continued a strong upward trend with 66,568,550 passengers, a growth of 5.8% compared to 62,945,886 recorded during the first nine months of 2016.

South America was the top region in September in terms of growth rate with +46.2% increase, followed by Eastern Europe (18.6%), and East Asia (15.7%), while traditionally strong market India remained the top destination country in terms of passenger numbers with 931,193 passengers, followed by the UK (548,762 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (536,187 passengers).

London was the top destination city with 346,018 passengers followed by Kuwait (213,713 passengers) and Mumbai (182,597 passengers).

As DXB’s rising ratio of wide-bodied aircraft continues to drive airport efficiency, the average number of passengers per flight during the first nine months remained high at 224, up 6.8% compared to 210 during the same period last year. 

The number of flight movements during September reached 33,134 compared to 34,780* movements recorded in September last year, down 4.7%. The number of flight movements in the first nine months of the year totalled 307,683, a contraction of 1.9% compared to 313,579 recorded during the same period in 2016.

September freight volumes totalled 217,120 compared to 205,142 tonnes recorded during the same month in 2016, an increase of 5.8%. Year to date cargo totalled 1,958,018 tonnes, up 3.5% compared to 1,891,419 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2016.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said, “Dubai International’s growth throughout the first nine months of 2017 has been very satisfying and we are now well set for a great finish to the year thanks to the internationally popular entertainment and sports events lined up for the upcoming winter season here in Dubai.”

 

Analyst Saj Ahmad commented: :Dubai International’s continued growth underscores the demand for travel to and through the city. While the impact of Eid at the start of the September tempered demand, this has always been an issue no matter when Eid falls in the calendar year.

 

“With 66.5m passengers catered for in the first nine months of the year, the airport still looks like it will be on track for another record breaking year and consolidate its position as the world’s busiest international airport. Heathrow Airport handled 59.1m passengers over the same period, so its evident that Dubai not only has the competitive edge, but that it also has the propensity to grow further, particularly as traffic will spike with the onset of next month’s Dubai Air Show.”

 

Ahmad added: “As ever, the growth spurts at Emirates and flydubai, the biggest two operators at the airport, have generated demand and their new codesharing pact that starts this month will drive forward passenger numbers as we race towards the end of the year.”

 

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