Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed heightened passenger traffic in February 2016, having recorded more than 6.3 million passengers throughout the month.
According to Dubai Airports, passenger traffic reached 6,383,544 in February 2016 – a 6.9 per cent rise on 2015, which registered 5,973,727 during the same month last year.
This brings the total year-to-date passenger traffic at DXB to 13,711,181, a 6.5 per cent jump on the first two months of 2015.
As for demand, Eastern Europe was reportedly the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+14.6 per cent), followed by the Indian subcontinent (+11.5 per cent), North America (+10.7 per cent) and the GCC (+7.9 per cent).
India maintained its position as the top destination country in February with a total of 885,298 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (485,570 passengers) and the UK (460,279 passengers), with London topping the list of destination cities, followed by Doha and Mumbai.
Aircraft movements at DXB totalled 32,975 during February 2016, up 6.3 per cent when compared to the 31,012 movements recorded in February 2015.
CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths enthused on the statistics: “This steady growth in passenger numbers has coincided with the opening of Concourse D in February, which increased DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers a year. Not only are we able to accommodate the rising passenger numbers, we have also boosted our service levels considerably.”
“This month, we were deemed the third busiest airport in the world by ACI, moving up three places from last year’s ranking. Considering that we do not have domestic traffic, this is an important milestone. The continued rise in traffic at DXB is underpinned by our heavy investment in the infrastructure needed to facilitate growth for the 100 airlines that operate at our airport.”