Dubai Registers Double-Digit Growth for Nine Consecutive Months


Dubai International, UAE, has registered nine straight months of double-digit growth according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator, Dubai Airports.
The airport handled 5,418,946 passengers in April, an increase of 18.7% compared with 4,566,673 during April 2012.  Additionally, April was the fifth consecutive month with more than 5 million passengers.  The year-to-date traffic increased by 16.3% to 21,905,363, compared with 18,828,279 recorded in the first four months of last year.
Aircraft movements increased by 6.9% to 30,469, compared with 28,503 recorded in April 2012.  Year-to-date aircraft movements reached 121,599, a 6.2% increase on the 114,517 recorded in the same period in 2012.
Freight volumes also increased by 7.3% to 199,985 tonnes, compared with 186,385 tonnes in April 2012.  The year-to-date cargo totalled 784,832 tonnes, up 11.5% from 703,826 tonnes.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, commented:  “It is very clear that our growth rate has picked up and that should continue at a similar pace into the next quarter and beyond.  Given the central role aviation plays in a country’s GDP, this also bodes well for the increasingly robust local economy.  Accordingly, we are continually increasing capacity at Dubai International, the most recent example of which was the opening of the first phase of expansion at Terminal 2.”
(Image:  DXB)