Dubai International (DXB) has reported annual traffic of 88.2 million passengers in 2017 and remained the busiest international airport for the fourth consecutive year.

According to the annual traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, DXB’s traffic reached 88.2 million passengers last year compared to 83.6 million passengers in 2016, registering a 5.5% growth in traffic volumes.

In December last year, the airport welcomed 7.8 million passengers, a 1.9% jump compared to the same period of 2016.

Last year, six new scheduled passenger airlines started operating commercial services from the airport. Home-based air carriers such as Emirates increased flight frequencies from the airport.

“Our focus in the new year will be on the DXB Plus programme, which aims to expand the airport’s annual capacity to 118 million passengers.”

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “It was a very successful year for DXB as we not only achieved robust growth in traffic to solidify our position as the world’s number one international airport but also delighted our customers with a range of new and exciting services and innovative products.”

India continued to be the biggest destination country from DXB, followed by the UK and Saudi Arabia, while London retained its position as the top destination city.

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The airport also witnessed a growth in the average number of passengers per flight, rising to 223 from 209 in 2016.

However, the number of flight movements during 2017 dropped by 2.4% to 409,493 from 419,654 recorded in 2016.

Griffiths added: “With passenger traffic expected to reach 90.3 million in 2018, our focus in the new year will be on the DXB Plus programme, which aims to expand the airport’s annual capacity to 118 million passengers through process improvements and use of new technology.”