Dubai International (DXB), UAE, has seen an 18.9% increase in passenger numbers recorded in May, according to operator Dubai Airports’ latest traffic report.
Passenger traffic in May reached 5,218,832, compared to 4,388,614 in the same period in 2012. May was the sixth consecutive month that the airport has recorded numbers exceeding five million, meaning that year-to-date traffic is up 16.8% to 27,124,195, compared to 23,216,893 during the first five months of last year.
As a result of airline Emirates’ and flydubai’s expanding network, Western Europe topped the list of regions with the largest increase in total passenger numbers (+208,393), followed by the AGCC (+189,810), and the Indian sub-continent (+131,364). Following the launch of flights by Qantas in May after the airline’s tie-up with Emirates, Australia was the fastest growing destination with 50% growth in traffic and Saudi Arabia a close second (40%).
The airport recorded a total of 31,121 aircraft movements, up 10% compared to 28,304 in May 2012. The year to date (May) movements increased 6.9% to reach 152,720, compared to 142,821 recorded during the corresponding period last year.
Growth in freight continued at DXB, increasing in May by 11.9% to 209,985 tonnes compared to 187,638 tonnes in May 2012. Cargo volumes during the first five months also surged 11.6% reaching 994,817 tonnes, compared to 891,464 tonnes during the corresponding period in 2012.
“We have managed ten straight months of double-digit growth but it is going to get busier as the annual summer travel season coincides with the holy month of Ramadan. In anticipation of the rush we have launched a number of initiatives, including rerouting some of the ground transportation and increasing the airport’s seating capacity,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
As part of the move, all buses will be rerouted to the car-park check-in to free up the forecourt at Terminal 3, while seating at Concourse B has been increased by 30%. Dubai Airports has also increased the number of the recently introduced Smart eGates at Terminal 3 and automatic tray return machines have been introduced at security check areas with a view to ease the flow of passengers.