Following April’s success, according to Dubai Airports’ monthly traffic report, Dubai International (DXB) welcomed 6.7 million customers.
In May 2016 the frequency of passenger at DXB jumped 7.2 per cent to 6,721,995 compared to 6,267,640 in May last year. Meanwhile, from January-May of this year, the facility welcomed 34,648,953 passengers in total, representing a year-on-year growth of seven per cent compared to 32,384,620 passengers during the corresponding period in 2015.
Eastern Europe was reported to be the fastest growing region in May, rising 16.6 per cent, followed closely by the GCC region registering a year-on-year growth of 16.3 per cent, while Asia increased by 10 per cent.
With regards to total passenger numbers, India topped all countries with a total of 989,680 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (549,091), the UK (435,251) and Pakistan (327,178).
The top cities for passenger traffic were London (280,945), Doha (243,845) and Mumbai (214,061).
Throughout May 2016 aircraft movements totalled 34,284, up 0.6 per cent compared to 34,086 recorded during May 2015. Year-to-date flight numbers reached 175,071 compared to 167,654 aircraft movements recorded during the same period in 2015, a jump of 4.4 per cent.
CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths remarked on the good news: “With near record numbers expected in the coming weeks as a result of the seasonal travel peak, we are looking at solid growth for the first half of 2016.
“Our focus is on maintaining and enhancing service levels, despite the high volumes. As is the case every year, we are prepared with additional staff at all touch points, including our May I Help You personnel, to assist and guide passengers.”
Griffiths explained that Dubai Airports has also launched the Hangout@DXB campaign to inform, entertain and surprise passengers.
“The idea is to encourage passengers flying out on holidays to arrive early at the airport to ensure a smooth start to their journey while making the most of the wide array of dining, shopping and relaxation options we have on offer at DXB,” Griffiths concluded.