Kicking off 2016 with positive results, Dubai International (DXB) witnessed a record month of traffic this January, with 7.3 million passengers having used the facility throughout the month, overtaking its previous benchmark of 7.2 million passengers in August 2015.
According to Dubai Airports’ statistics, passenger traffic reached 7,327,637 in January 2016, up 6.3 per cent from 6,895,668 in January 2015.
Meanwhile, in terms of percentage growth, North America recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic (19.9 per cent) – a result of Emirates Airline’s new Orlando route and increased services to Boston, New York and Seattle; followed by the GCC (11.6 per cent) where Saudi Arabia registered double-digit growth thanks to the surge in traffic from Jeddah; and the Indian Subcontinent (8.7 per cent) due to traffic on routes to traditionally strong markets of India and Pakistan.
India maintained its position as the top destination country in January with a total of 989,819 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (606,730 passengers) and the UK (488,819 passengers), while London was placed number one on the list of top destination cities followed closely by Doha and Jeddah.
Moving on, aircraft movements hit 35,914 during January 2016 compared to 34,643 movements recorded in January 2015 – up 3.7 per cent. Passengers per aircraft movement in January came in at 214.
CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths enthused on the statistics: “The record passenger numbers in January confirm that the growth trend from last year has continued into 2016 and we are on course to meet our projection of 85 million passengers that we expect to pass through our airport this year.”
He continued: “Concourse D’s opening in February has increased DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers a year, allowing us to continue to accommodate the rising number of people whilst boosting service levels. In the months ahead we will begin the complete refurbishment of Concourse C which will further improve passenger flows and the overall customer experience.”