Dubai International airport (DXB) reported a 7.8% rise in its passenger traffic to 4.5 million in April 2012, compared to 4.2 million during the same period in 2011.
Dubai Airports, the operator of DXB, reported that its strong performance during the initial four months of 2012 has boosted the year-to-date traffic to 18.8 million, rising 13.9% in comparison 16.5 million recorded during the corresponding time in 2011.
The Gulf region has contributed the highest rise in passenger numbers with an increase of 72,136, while the traffic for Africa and Western Europe climbed by 59,063 and 49,113 passengers respectively during April.
Passenger traffic rose along the routes to Russia and CIS by 46,375 in April, while passenger numbers on Middle Eastern routes fell by 22,270.
South America has recorded a 92.7% passenger growth with the launch of Emirates services to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, which was followed by Russia and CIS reporting a 35.5% rise and 22% in the Australasia region.
Aircraft movements at Dubai International increased by 7.2% to 28,503, compared to 26,597 recorded in April 2011, while the year-to-date aircraft movements rose 7.7% to 114,517, in contrast to 106,302 during the initial four months in 2011.
The airport’s cargo traffic increased 3.9% to 186,385t, compared with 179,397t handled over the same period in 2011, with the year-to-date cargo volume reporting a 1.8% rise to 703,826t, in contrast to 688,537t handled during the same period in 2011.
Image: Dubai International airport is expecting its traffic to rise to 5 million passengers during the summer peak in 2012. Photo: courtesy of Dubai airport.