For the sixth year in a row, Dubai International (DXB) has maintained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers, with annual traffic for 2019 reaching 86.4 million.
This figure is six million more than the Dubai-based travel hub’s nearest rival, London Heathrow.
For the full year 2019, DXB welcomed 86,396,757 travellers, with the average monthly passenger figure standing at 7.2 million for the year. The airport also breached the eight million customer mark twice during the year, in July and August.
Thrilled with DXB’s success, despite certain obstacles, was CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, who said: “While customer numbers in 2019 were lower than the preceding year, the impact of the 45-day closure of the runway, the bankruptcy of Jet Airways, as well as the grounding of the Boeing’s 737 Max accounted for an estimated 3.2 million passengers over the course of the year, and indicate underlying growth at DXB.”
In 2019, India was still the top destination country for DXB in terms of passenger numbers, with traffic reaching 11.9 million. This was followed by Saudi Arabia with 6.3 million customers and the UK with 6.2 million customers. Other key destination countries include China (3.6 million) and the US (3.2 million), while the top three cities were London (3.6 million), Mumbai (2.3 million) and Riyadh (2.2 million).
Meanwhile, last year’s waiting times were reduced by 15 per cent in 2019, mainly due to DXB’s advanced operations centre, which uses real time information from more than 50 systems across the facility to enhance efficiency and service. This percentage reduction can also be accredited to the new smart gates that speed up passport control operations.