Dubai International Airport in the UAE has reported an 18.7% rise in passenger traffic in April 2013 compared to the corresponding month in 2012, registering 5.4 million passengers and marking the fifth consecutive month of more than five million.
During April, aircraft movements at the airport rose by 6.9% to 30,469 compared to the 28,503 served in April 2012, while cargo traffic increased 7.3% to 199,985t, over the 186,385t of cargo handled during April 2012.
According to the airport operator Dubai Airports, India (672,557) topped the list of the airport's top destination countries, followed by the UK (419,053) and Saudi Arabia (405,695) while Doha (207,146), London (201,587) and Jeddah (151,517) were the destination cities that registered the highest traffic.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said that the airport's growth rate has picked up and that it should continue at a similar pace into the next quarter and beyond.
"Given the central role aviation plays in a country's GDP, this also bodes well for the increasingly robust local economy," Griffiths said.
"Accordingly, we are continually increasing capacity at Dubai International, the most recent example of which was the opening of the first phase of expansion at Terminal 2."
The airport witnessed the highest passenger traffic on the Western European routes (207,120 passengers), followed by the AGCC (180,600) and the Indian subcontinent (160,372).
Middle Eastern routes reported moderate growth in April (23,365 passengers) due to the impact of political instability until the beginning of 2013.
The highest percentage growth was witnessed on routes to the Eastern Europe with a 56.5% rise, followed by Asia Pacific with a 30.7 % and Asia with a 24.5% rise during April 2013.
Dubai Airports said that international passenger traffic registered nine consecutive months of double-digit growth.
The year to date passenger traffic at Dubai Airport mounted by 16.3% to 21.9 million compared to 18.8 million registered during the initial four months of 2012.
Aircraft movements during the period reached 121,599, up 6.2% compared to 114,517 served during January to April 2012.
Dubai Airport also reported an 11.5% rise in cargo traffic during January to April 2013 to 784,832t, compared to the 703,826t registered during the corresponding period last year.
Image: Aircraft movements at Dubai Airport rose by 6.9% in April 2013 to 30,469, when compared to 28,503 movements registered during the corresponding month in 2012.