Dubai International Airport welcomed 8.2 million passengers in August, says report


Dubai Airports’ new monthly traffic report reveals that 8.2 million passengers passed through Dubai International Airport (DXB) in August.

Last month, the airport registered a significant 6.6% growth in passenger traffic compared to August 2016, when the airport handled 7.7 million customers.

This year, passenger numbers at DXB have totalled 59.3 million, marking a 6.3% rise compared to 55.8 million passengers who travelled through the airport during the first eight months of 2016.

In August, the average number of travellers per flight remained considerably high at 246, an increase of 7.2% compared to the 229 passengers recorded during the same month last year.

"We are very pleased with the way things are shaping up this year in terms of growth, which has been robust with passenger numbers exceeding the 8 million mark three times."

DXB handled a total of 34,370 flight movements during last month, reporting a slight fall by 1.7% compared to the 34,967 flight movements posted in August 2016.

Year-to-date flight movements totalled 274,549, a 1.5% decrease from the 278,799 movements recorded during the first eight months of last year.

In terms of freight volumes, the airport handled 221,508t of cargo in August 2017.

During the month, cargo traffic was up by 10.1% compared to 201,100t handled last August.

Year-to-date cargo reached 1.7 million tonnes, marking a year-on-year growth of 3% compared to 1.6 million tonnes registered during the first eight months last year.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths 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.”