According to statistics released by Dubai Airports, Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed a total of 7,094,738 passengers in September – a 10.3 per cent increase on the corresponding period last year (6,432,654).
During the month, Eastern Europe proved to be the fastest-growing market again (+23.6 per cent), a result of additional capacity and new services launched by a number of carriers such as Emirates Airline and flydubai. Eastern Europe was followed by the GCC (16.6 per cent), Asia (16.2 per cent) and the Indian Subcontinent (12.2 per cent). India remained the top destination country (909,102 passengers), followed by the UK (522,046 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (503,977 passengers).
Year-to-date, the travel hub has welcomed 62,945,091 passengers, a 7.2 per cent rise on the first nine months of 2015 (58,696,877).
London was again the most sought after destination city with 323,515 passengers, followed by Doha (269,972 passengers) and Kuwait (231,457 passengers). Baku topped the list of cities in terms of percentage growth (+184.2 per cent), followed by Boston (65.3 per cent), Calicut (63.5 per cent) and Taipei (55 per cent), due to boosted capacity.
Meanwhile, during the month of September the average number of passengers per flight stood at 213. A total of 34,793 flights operated at DXB compared to 34,146 movements recorded in September last year, up by under 1.9 per cent.
Year-to-date the number of flights totalled 312,169, a rise of 3.2 per cent compared to 302,399 recorded during the corresponding period in 2015.
CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths enthused: “Seven million passengers per month is clearly the new normal at DXB. While this is welcome news, we are even more pleased with our ability to enhance the passenger experience by using technology and process improvements to increase the flow rate through the airport. Our DXB Plus programme is designed to improve that even further as we work towards not only operating the world’s busiest airports but also the world’s best.”