Dubai International Airport (DXB) has further cemented its position as the world’s number one airport for international passengers, with annual traffic for 2017 soaring to 88.2 million passengers, according to the annual traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
Traffic volumes averaged at 7.35 million passengers per month throughout the year, with January, July and August reporting record numbers in the eight million passenger mark.
DXB’s traffic totalled to 88,242,099 passengers for the full year, up by 5.5 per cent compared to the 83,654,250 passengers recorded during 2016.
The year proved very fruitful for the aviation hub, which welcomed several new airlines throughout the 12-month period, including SalamAir, Badr Airlines and Air Moldova, while home-based carriers Emirates Airline and flydubai enhanced their respective networks with three and 10 new passenger destinations, increasing frequency and capacity on 31 and 22 routes, respectively.
India retained its top spot as the single largest destination country for DXB, with 12,060,435 passengers in 2017 – a 5.4 per cent growth compared to 2016.
The UK claimed the second spot with 6,466,404 passengers, overtaking Saudi Arabia, which recorded 6,364,598 passengers.
Markets that demonstrated significant growth during the year included Russia, with passenger numbers surging 28 per cent to 1,339,534; and China, with 2,212,179 passengers, up 19.4 per cent over 2016.
The average number of passenger per flight grew 6.9 per cent to 223 during the year in comparison to 209 in 2016, mainly due to DXB’s position as the world’s largest hub for wide body aircraft, particularly for the A380.
Remarking on the ground-breaking results was CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths: “It was a very successful year for DXB as we not only achieved robust growth in traffic to solidify our position as the world’s number one international airport, but also delighted our customers with a range of new and exciting services and innovative products.
“With passenger traffic expected to reach 90.3 million in 2018, our focus in the new year will be on the DXB Plus programme, which aims to expand the airport’s annual capacity to 118 million passengers through process improvements and use of new technology,” he concluded.