Staff Writer Jul 26th 2017

Growth of 6.3% at world's busiest international airport

Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) surpassed 43 million in the first half of 2017, according to Dubai Airports’ latest traffic report, issued today.

DXB handled a total of 43,054,268 passengers during the first half, up 6.3% compared to the corresponding period in 2016 when the airport welcomed 40,507,251 passengers.

During the first six months, the top country destinations in terms of total passenger volumes were India (5,943,359), Saudi Arabia (3,108,492), the UK (3,064,172), Pakistan (2,207,497) and the US (1,561,559).

In terms of percentage growth, top regions during the first half were South America (36.4%), Eastern Europe (28.7%) and Asia (18.7%). Top cities by passenger volumes include London (1,893,038 passengers), Mumbai (1,205,504), Bangkok (1,037,606) and New Delhi (1,016,183).

The average number of passengers per flight during the first half was 218, up 6.9% compared to 204 during the same period in 2016.

“We are pleased with the growth in the first half, and with the rush of travellers expected to hit peak at the end of school holidays later next month, we are looking forward to another quarter of positive growth. We will continue to focus on improving service quality at DXB by bringing in new experiences and services to engage and delight our customers,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

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