Dubai airport set to become busiest in the world



Dubai airport – tipped to become the busiest in the world by 2016 – saw the largest growth in long-haul traffic in the month of August of any hub on Earth.

According to figures released by UK-based aviation analysts OAG, Dubai had a 12 per cent increase in flight operations and a 14 per cent increase in seat capacity during August.

During the same month, flight operations to and from the Middle East grew by seven per cent to 64,252, while seat capacity increased by eight per cent to reach 14.2 million – a figure that represents nearly 4,000 more flights than August 2011.

And that’s good news say the organisers of the region’s leading travel exhibition Arabian Travel Market (ATM), who have also announced the 20th anniversary of the event will be held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre next year from May 6 – 9.

“Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways all continue to outpace their international counterparts with high passenger volume loads and ever-expanding networks,” said Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions, organisers of ATM. More infonline/online.js?js=v.1.0.6′ type=’text/javascript’>