Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport (DXB) hit 32.6 million in the first half of this year, making it the busiest six months in the airport’s history, according to the traffic report issued today (July 29) by operator Dubai Airports.
A total of 5,537,908 passengers were handled in June, marking 17.5% growth from the 4,714,746 seen in June 2012. Following seven consecutive months of five million-plus traffic, the year-to-date figures reached 32,663,103 – up 16.9% from 27,931,639 in the first half of last year. The average monthly passenger traffic recorded in the first six months of the year stood at 5.44 million, compared to 4.65 million during the same period in 2012.
Aircraft movements in June totalled 30,191, up 10.1% from 27,428 in June 2012. Year-to-date aircraft movements reached 182,911, showing an increase of 7.4% compared to 170,249 recorded during the first half of 2012.
In addition, 202,077 tonnes of freight were handled compared to 194,992 tonnes in June 2012, rising 3.6%. During the first half of 2013, air cargo volumes rose 10.2% to 1,196,894, compared to 1,086,456 tonnes.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, commented: “The first half of this year has been very satisfying with double-digit growth across all markets, boosted by the launch of 84 new services to 25 destinations. A major driver of growth was Emirates airline’s tie-up with Qantas and consequent launch of the Australian carrier’s operations into Dubai. A number of major events are lined up for the remainder of the year, including the opening of passenger operations at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International in October followed by the Dubai Airshow 2013 in November – making the second half even more promising.”