By Staff www.khaleejtimes.com
Dubai International began the second half of 2012 on a strong note by surpassing the five million passenger mark in July for the first time in its history.
According to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, Dubai International handled a total of 5,006,155 passengers in July compared to 4,724,109 in July 2011, a year on year increase of 6 per cent. Year to date traffic reached 32,937,794 up 12.4 per cent over the 29,291,927 recorded in the corresponding period last year.
The largest regional traffic growth in July in terms of total passenger numbers was recorded on routes to and from Western Europe (+106,926), Africa (+41,990), the Indian subcontinent (+41,706), and Asia (+40,840). Regions with the highest percentage growth included South America (82.6 per cent), Russia and CIS (38.6 per cent), and Australasia (16.4 per cent). The impact of traffic fluctuations during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan were felt on traffic from AGCC (+0.1 per cent) and Middle Eastern (–9.2 per cent) routes.
During July, Dubai International handled aircraft movements totalling 27,829, up 2.4 per cent from 27,166 recorded during July 2011. Year to date (July) aircraft movements stood at 198,078 up 6.2 per cent from 186,538 posted during the corresponding period in 2011.
In terms of cargo volumes Dubai International surged 6.2 per cent in July to 204,510 tonnes of air freight compared to 192,538 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2011. The year to date (July) freight volume has reached 1,290,966 tonnes, up 2.8 per cent over 1,255,262 tonnes for the corresponding period last year.
“This is yet another record for Dubai International and one that we had anticipated based on the growth trends in the first half of the year. Since 2009 average monthly traffic at Dubai International has skyrocketed from just under 3.5 million in 2009 to over 4.7 million in 2012. This clearly signals our emergence as a leading global hub,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.