Dubai International Airport records strong growth in August passenger traffic

25 September 2013 (Last Updated September 25th, 2013 18:30)

Dubai International Airport has reported a 23.8% rise in passenger traffic in August 2013, reaching 5.9 million, compared to $4.8 million in August 2012.

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International Airport has reported a 23.8% rise in passenger traffic in August 2013, reaching 5.9 million, compared to $4.8 million in August 2012.

The surge in the airport's traffic can be attributed to a strong growth in nearly all markets and the effect of festival season travel in the Middle East, which further boosted traffic during the month.

The year-to-date passenger number at the airport also increased by 16.4% to 43.97 million, compared to the 37.78 million registered in the first eight months of 2012.

Aircraft movements in August were up 11.5% to 31,198 from 27,986 in August 2012.

In the first eight months of 2013, the aircraft movements totalled 242,571, a 7.3% rise compared to 226,064 during the same period in 2012.

Cargo volumes at the world's second busiest airport in August rose by 3% to 184,877t, while year-to-date cargo volumes increased by 8.1% to reach 1,588,716t.

"The surge in the airport's traffic can be attributed to a strong growth in nearly all markets and the effect of festival season travel in the Middle East.

All regions recorded positive passenger growth during the period, while the AGCC, Western Europe, Indian subcontinent and Africa topped the list.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said that the results have been very satisfying so far in 2013 with the airport achieving traffic growth rate well over the projected figures.

"While five million passengers per month has become a standard at Dubai International, it is worth noting that in August we were barely two Airbus A380s short of hitting the six million passenger figure.

"The signs are good for the remainder of the year, the highlight of which will be the launch of passenger operations at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC)," Griffiths added.


Image: Dubai International Airport served nearly 5.9 million passengers in August.