Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) annual traffic for 2018 surpassed 89.1 million passengers, making it the busiest airport for international customers for the fifth consecutive year.
Aside from record traffic numbers, DXB enjoyed a banner year for customer service, with shorter wait times and new retail and F&B offerings.
The hub welcomed a total of 89,149,387 passengers for the full year of 2018, with 7,722,959 passengers arriving in December. The results take the average monthly traffic at the hub to 7.4 million for the year.
The eight million customer mark was breached twice during the year, in July (8.2m) and August (8.4m), making the latter the busiest month in DXB’s 58-year history.
India continued to hold to its position as DXB’s top destination country by passenger numbers, with traffic for the year reaching 12,279,485 – propelled mainly by the top city destinations of Mumbai, Delhi and Cochin. Saudi Arabia took second place on the list with 6,471,142 customers, followed closely by the UK with 6,284,771 customers. Other destination countries worth mentioning include the US (3,205,524 customers) and the fast-growing markets of China, (3,512,075) with six per cent growth, and Russia (1,533,654), which grew 14.5 per cent.
The top three cities were London (3,817,889), Mumbai (2,540,750) and Kuwait (2,194,576).
Eastern Europe emerged as the fastest growing region, with a double-digit growth of 16.7 per cent, followed by CIS at 12.9 per cent and Africa growing 9.8 per cent.