Following the recent news of a successful April, Dubai International Airport witnessed a successful May, with 6.2 million passengers having been handled – up 23.2 per cent from the corresponding period last year.
Passenger numbers rose 23.2 per cent to 6,267,640 compared to the 5,086,910 handled in May 2014 when the airport was reduced to one runway while a billion dollar refurbishment programme was conducted over an 80 day span.
From January to May, the hub welcomed 32,384,620 passengers, compared to 29,608,364 passengers during the same period last year, an increase of 9.4 per cent.
The fastest growing region in May was Eastern Europe, up 85.4 per cent. This was driven mainly by flydubai’s newly introduced flights to Slovakia, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Croatia, as well as Emirates Airline’s service to Hungary and Transavia airlines to Bulgaria.
Other regions bringing in high growth rates included the Indian subcontinent (33.8 per cent), the GCC (31.1 per cent) and North America (28 per cent).
In terms of total passenger numbers, the Indian subcontinent outperformed other regions (+372,587 passengers), followed by the GCC (+248,919 passengers) and Western Europe (172,830 passengers).
In May of this year, the frequency of flights significantly rose to 34,017, an increase of 48.8 per cent from 22,856 recorded during May 2014 due to the effect of the runway closure. Year to date flight movements reached 167,510, up 12.6 per cent from 148,784 aircraft movements recorded during the same period last year.
CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths commented on the news: “The summer peak is upon us and we are thrilled to have both of our upgraded runways in full operation. We expect record traffic levels and have boosted our staff levels, including our May I Help You personnel, to help passengers move as effortlessly as possible through the facility.
“We have also launched ‘Hang Out at DXB’ which is a fun way to encourage passengers to arrive to the airport early to support on time operations and enjoy the wide array of dining, shopping and relaxation options we have on offer,” he added.