Dubai International Airport (DXB) topped the list as the world’s busiest airports with over 78 million annual passenger traffic recorded in 2015 by its operator Dubai Airports.
As one of the major hubs for international passengers, DXB enjoyed a 10.7% increase in passenger number in 2015 over 2014.
Last year, it had announced that it had overtaken Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport.
In 2015, DXB welcomed operations of 100 airlines that connect Dubai to over 240 airports across the globe.
Dubai International Airport introduced new airlines such as Air Canada from Toronto, China Southern from Wuhan and Eurowings from Cologne.
Network expansion of the two airlines, flydubai and Emirates, has added 12 more destinations to the list.
With the growth of the airlines, especially Emirates and flydubai, the annual traffic at DXB reached 78,014,838 passengers in 2015 compared to the 70,473,893 passengers recorded in 2014.
December 2015 saw a significant rise of 8.5% in the monthly traffic, taking the passenger numbers to 7,053,243 from 6,498,573 passengers as recorded in December 2014.
A total of 403,517 aircraft movements were recorded in 2015, which marks a 14.1% rise compared to 353,507 movements in 2014.
Monthly aircraft movements in December went up by 5.9%, taking the number from 33,595 in 2014 to 35,575 during the same month in 2015.
The record rise in traffic in 2015 has been led by an increase in international passengers travelling from Saudi Arabia, India and Britain.
Last year, DXB saw about 10.4 million passengers India, up by 17% from 2014; 5.7 million from Britain with a 6% annual rise, and the passenger number from Saudi Arabia rose by 12% to 5.5 million, reports The Economic Times.
About 2,506,092 tonnes of air freight passed through the airport in 2015, up 3.4% compared to 2,423,677 tonnes of cargo volume in 2014.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: "It’s another banner year for Dubai International where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers in new ways, and retained our position as the world’s number one international hub."
Image: DXB welcomes the operations of some 100 airlines that connect Dubai to over 240 airports across the globe. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Airports.