Dubai International Airport (DXB), UAE, recorded the busiest first half of its history with 27.9 million passengers travelling through its three terminals between January and June this year, according to the traffic report released today (July 30) by operator Dubai Airports.
DXB handled a total of 4,714,746 passengers in June, showing a 16% increase on the 4,065,809 who passed through the airport in June 2011. Year-to-date traffic has reach 27,931,639 passengers, up 13.7% from 24,567,818 in the first six months of 2011. The average monthly passenger traffic over the first half of the year has also increased from 4.09 million to 4.65 million.
June’s aircraft movements totalled 27,428, an increase of 5.1% from 26,101 last year. Year-to-date aircraft movements have increased 6.8% from 159,372 to 170,249.
Air cargo volumes for the first half of the year have also increased 2.2%, from 1,062,724 tonnes to 1,086,456 tonnes.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, commented: “Our record first half had some interesting story lines, highlighted by the launch of 12 new routes, the addition of four new airlines and a surge in traffic on routes to Saudi Arabia, USA, Qatar and Australia.
“We are on track to meet the annual projected traffic of 56.5 million passengers, which will bring us very close to Dubai International’s operational capacity of 60 million passengers per annum.”