Dubai International witnesses record numbers for August

Dubai International (DXB) has welcomed a record 7.7 million passengers in August, surpassing its previous record achieved in July.

According to a report released by Dubai Airports, DXB passengers reached 7,727,105 compared to 7,282,256 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 6.1 per cent. The year-to-date traffic totalled 55,850,353 passengers, up 6.9 per cent compared to 52,264,223 recorded during the first eight months of 2015. The seasonal rush of travellers, in particular UAE residents returning for the start of the academic year, boosted the traffic leading to a stellar month.

Bolstered by additional capacity and new services launched by a number of carriers including Emirates Airline and flydubai, Eastern Europe was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth (67.9 per cent), followed by Asia (13 per cent), South America (11.7 per cent), and the Indian subcontinent (11.7 per cent). India remained the top performing destination (924,256 passengers), followed by the UK (584,508 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (535,280 passengers).

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Meanwhile, London was the top performing city with 371,320 passengers followed closely by Doha (252,616 passengers) and Kuwait (240,712 passengers). Baku (+284.5 per cent) topped the list of cities in terms of percentage growth, followed by Mashhad (118.6 per cent) and Boston (88.2 per cent), with growth on the routes being boosted by increased capacity.

The average number of passengers per flight during the month was 237 – one of the highest DXB has ever seen.

CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths said: “Consecutive months with record breaking traffic is a great way to mark the 56th anniversary of DXB which occurred last week. Looking back it’s astonishing to see how quickly a tiny airport that was once a refuelling stop for airlines has turned into the world’s number one international hub. Over these five and a half decades, DXB has welcomed more than three quarter of a billion passengers.”

“As we continue to grow, our focus will continue to operate not only the world’s busiest airports but also the world’s best in terms of customer service,” he added.