Dubai International Airport (DXB) has welcomed its billionth passenger.
The passenger, a nine-year-old boy arriving from Orlando, Florida, on Emirates Airline flight EK220, was personally greeted by chairman, Dubai Airports, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
HH Al Maktoum said: “This achievement is the result of team work and collaboration, and special thanks goes out to each and every member of the airport community who have played a role in this journey.”
He continued: “Of course, we would not be in this position if it weren’t for the visionary leadership of HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, both of whom foresaw the development of Dubai into a global centre for trade, tourism and commerce enabled by a fast-growing and world-leading aviation sector with top-flight airport infrastructure.”
The billionth customer is arguably the most significant in a long litany of achievements since the airport first opened in September 30, 1960, with a tiny terminal building and a runway of compacted sand. Today the hub is widely considered a benchmark for its quality infrastructure, passenger and cargo volumes, and high service levels despite unrelenting growth. DXB handles an average of 7.5 million customers every month and this year broke its own traffic record thrice with more than 8.3 million customers in a month.