Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the UAE reported a 20% rise in passenger traffic during August 2012 to 4.8 million passengers, compared to 4.01 million passengers handled during the corresponding month in 2011.
According to operator Dubai Airports, the rise was mainly due to a lower base caused by variable travel patterns during Ramadan in August 2011.
Aircraft movements at the airport were up 8.3% during the month to 27,986, when compared to 25,845 reported during the same month in 2011.
Freight volumes at DXB increased by 4.4% during the month to 190,770t, up from the 182,782t handled during the corresponding period last year.
The Gulf region contributed the highest rise during August with 105,052 passengers recorded, followed by Western Europe with 193,945, the Indian subcontinent registered figures of 118,672, while Africa contributed 9,384 passengers.
South American routes recorded the highest passenger growth with 97.8%. Traffic on routes to AGCC increased 47.8%, while Russian and the CIS routes grew 37.4% during August.
DXB's passenger traffic during the January to August 2012 period increased 13.4% to 37.78 million, up from the 33.31 million recorded during the same period in 2011.
During the initial eight months of 2012, DXB reported a 6.4% rise in its aircraft movements recording a figure of 226,064, an improvement on the 221,383 recorded in 2011.
The airport's year-to-date freight volumes increased 3% to 1.481 million tonnes, when compared to 1.43 million handled during the corresponding period in 2011.
Image: Passenger traffic at Dubai International increased to 37.78 million during the initial eight months of 2012. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Airport.