Dubai International Airport (DXB) recorded an impressive 41.3 million passengers in H1 of 2019.
The closing of DXB’s southern runway for a complete rehabilitation programme (between April 16 and May 30), reduced the airport’s capacity, contributing to a decline in traffic of 5.6 per cent year on year.
A total of 1,036,474 tonnes of airfreight was handled at the hub during the first half this year, while the total passenger flights amounted to 178,383, down 11.6 per cent from last year, also due to the 45-day closing of the southern runway.
India remained DXB’s top destination country by passenger numbers, with traffic for the first half reaching 5.7 million customers – propelled mainly by top city destinations Mumbai and Delhi.Saudi Arabiawas number two on the list with 3.1 million customers, followed closely by theUK with 2.8 million customers. Other destination countries of note include Pakistan (1.9 million customers), the US (1.5 million), and China (1.2 million).
The top three cities were London (1.6 million customers), Mumbai(1.1 million customers) and Jeddah, with just over one million customers each.
Thanks to DXB’s advanced operations centre, which uses real-time information to improve service and efficiency, as well as the smart gates that help speed customers through immigration, wait times were reduced by 25 per cent in the first half of 2019.