Dubai International began the new year in top gear as monthly traffic in January reached an all-time high of eight million passengers, according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.
Passenger traffic rose 9.7 per cent to 8,037,008 in January 2017, up from 7,327,637 in the same month in 2016. This follows DXB’s performance in 2016 during which the airport welcomed a record 83.6 million passengers.
“It’s an auspicious start to what is sure to be another record-breaking year for DXB,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “It provides further impetus to our DXB Plus Programme, which will enhance service and boost capacity at DXB by applying technology to improved processes. It also fuels our ongoing efforts to improve the customer experience with world-leading wi-fi, retail, F&B and a wide array of offers ranging from spas to VIP service to live music.”
Eastern Europe remained the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+32.5 per cent), followed by Asia (+26.4 per cent), South America (+18.6 per cent) and Australasia (15.8 per cent). In terms of passenger numbers, routes to the Indian subcontinent (1,876,448 passengers) topped the list followed by Western Europe (1,701,494 passengers), and the GCC states (1,363,089). More info