UAE's Dubai International Airport has reported a 6.1% rise in passenger traffic during July 2013, registering 5.31 million compared to 5 million handled during July 2012.
Aircraft movements at Dubai's gateway rose 2.3% during the period to 28,462, compared to 27,829 movements registered during the corresponding period in 2012, bringing the number of passengers per aircraft movement to 201.
Cargo volume during the month rose 1.2% to 206,950t from 204,510t of freight handled in July 2012.
All regions recorded positive passenger growth during the period except the AGCC and Middle East, reporting 8% and 12.6% drops in passenger traffic respectively, mainly due to year-on-year change in the timing of Ramadan.
Eastern Europe destinations recorded the highest passenger growth of 58.7%, which was followed by Australasia region recording a growth of 49.4% during July 2013.
Australia recorded the highest passenger traffic on a country level with 53.6% rise, followed by the UK (22.1%), Sri Lanka (20.6%) and France (17.5%).
Western Europe topped the list of overall passenger numbers by registering 13.4% growth, followed by the Indian subcontinent (6.1%), while North America reported sluggish traffic growth, compared to the strong growth trends experienced during July 2012.
During the initial seven months of 2013, passenger traffic at Dubai Airport rose 15.3% to 37.97 million compared to 32.93 million registered during the corresponding period in 2012.
The airport handled about 1.40 million tonnes of cargo during the January to July 2013, registering 9.8% growth than 127 million tonnes transported during the initial seven months last year.
Image: Dubai International Airport served 5.31 million passengers in July.