Dubai International Airport recorded passenger traffic of 5.66 million passengers in October 2013, up 15.1% compared with 4.92 million during the corresponding period in 2012.
According to the traffic report by operator Dubai Airport, October 2013 was the airport’s tenth consecutive month with more than five million travellers.
Aircraft movements in the month increased 9.1% to 32,279, compared with 29,578 in the same period last year.
Monthly cargo volumes increased 3% to 208,695t as against 202,619t recorded in 2012.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: "The record aircraft order at the Dubai Airshow 2013, a considerable part of which was placed by Emirates airline, is a clear indication that our more-than-five decade track record for growth is not only set to continue but get better.
"The ongoing expansion of Dubai’s aviation infrastructure is in preparation to welcome that growth."
Western Europe had largest increase in total passenger numbers in October with an additional 159,278 passengers, followed by AGCC (+132,169), the Indian subcontinent (+126,150 passengers), and Africa (+67,884 passengers).
In terms of passenger growth, Eastern Europe was the strongest market with 55.5% increase, primarily driven by Emirates airline’s operations to destinations in the region.
It was followed by Australasia (41.3%), which benefitted from Qantas’ launch of operations to Dubai earlier this year; Russia and CIS (22.7%), and Asia Pacific (21.4%).
The year-to-date passenger traffic at the airport increased by 15.9% to 55.04 million, compared with the 47.48 million registered in the corresponding period of 2012.
The year-to-date aircraft movements increased 7.8% to 305,596, compared to 283,551 movements between January and October 2012.
Cargo traffic for the first ten months stood at 1.99mt, up 3% from the 1.87mt shipped during the same period last year.
Image: October 2013 was Dubai International Airport’s tenth consecutive month with more than five million travellers, according to airport operator Dubai Airports. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Airports.