Throughout April 2016, Dubai International (DXB) opened its arms to more than 6.9 million passengers, according to statistics released in Dubai Airports’ monthly traffic report.
Passenger numbers reached an impressive 6,978,268 in April, up 7.2 per cent from 6,510,653 in April 2015.
Meanwhile, throughout the first four months of the year, the airport welcomed a total of 27,926,958 passengers, compared to 26,116,977 passengers during the corresponding period last year – a 6.9 per cent rise.
In terms of percentage growth during the month, Eastern Europe took the lead, with routes to the region growing 12.6 per cent, followed by Asia with 12.1 per cent and the GCC with 10.3 per cent. The Indian subcontinent outperformed all regions in terms of growth in passenger numbers, with 1,644,045 passengers, followed by Western Europe with 1,533,558 and the GCC with 1,252,282 passengers.
Moving on, total aircraft movements reached 34,733 in April 2016 – up 4.3 per cent compared to 33,279 during the corresponding month in 2015, while throughout the first four months of the year, total aircraft movements rose 5.4 per cent to 139,079 compared to 132,005 movements during the same period in 2015. The average number of passengers per movement stood at 210 during April.
Pleased with the statistics, CEO, Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths said: “We are very pleased with the growth so far this year, and with the summer travel peak round the corner, the numbers are only going to increase.
“As is the case every summer peak, Dubai International is expected to welcome a record number of passengers. We are actively working with our partners devising a robust operational plan which will involve the deployment of additional staff. We will also be launching a public awareness campaign to encourage passengers to follow our travel tips and show up early to the airport to enjoy all that we have on offer before boarding their flights,” Griffiths concluded.