Dubai International Airport witnesses record increase of 8.1% in passenger numbers in November 2015

12 January 2016 (Last Updated January 12th, 2016 18:30)

The passenger traffic at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) has recorded a year-on-year increase of 8.1% in November 2015, overtaking the growth rate of London’s Heathrow Airport.

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The passenger traffic at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) has recorded a year-on-year increase of 8.1% in November 2015, overtaking the growth rate of London's Heathrow Airport.

Dubai Airport witnessed a total number of 6,013,911 passengers passing through its terminals in November 2015 as compared to the 5,565,509 passengers in November 2014, taking total passenger numbers so far in 2015 to 70,961,598.

The airport has become the world's busiest airport in terms of international traffic for the second consecutive year, leaving behind London's Heathrow Airport that handled 69.76 million passengers in 2015, reported Khaleej Times.

"We are sure the seasonal peaks that we experienced in December will help round off the year with an impressive annual figure."

DXB handled 218,323 tonnes of cargo in November 2015, which is an increase of 3.8% when compared with 210,251 tonnes in November 2014.

The year-to-date freight volumes touched 2,287,167 tonnes as against 2,217,135 tonnes carried during the same period in 2014, marking an increase of 3.2%.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying: "We are very pleased with the growth in passenger traffic at DXB in 2015 during which the airport registered an average monthly traffic of nearly 6.5 million customers.

"We are sure the seasonal peaks that we experienced in December will help round off the year with an impressive annual figure."

The airport has recorded an average monthly increase of around 6.5 million passengers for 11 months of last year.

The month of December was significantly busy for the airport and it is expected to cross 77 million passenger mark for 2015.

This growth in December has not been just because of the large number of passengers travelling during the holiday season, but also because Dubai has become a major destination for connecting flights.


Image: Dubai airport saw an average monthly growth of around 6.5 million passengers for 11 months of last year. Photo: courtesy of Patrik Nemes/Wikipedia.