Busiest ever month for passenger traffic in Dubai

posted on 3rd October 2018 by Justin Burns
Busiest ever month for passenger traffic in Dubai

Dubai International Airport (DXB) recorded its busiest ever month for passenger traffic in August as it welcomed 8.37 million flyers – above the previous high of 8.23 million in August 2017.

August marks the second consecutive month that DXB has crossed the eight million customer mark. DXB’s average monthly traffic this year is 7.5 million and the total passenger numbers in the first eight months of the year has reached 60.3 million, growth of 1.6 per cent on the same period last year.

7.2 million bags (+5.9 per cent) passed through the airport’s 175 km long baggage system during August while passenger queue times dropped 44 per cent thanks to Smart Gate technology.

India remained DXB’s top destination country by customer volumes, with total traffic reaching 1,012,124 during the month. Saudi Arabia was second with 613,618 customers, followed by the UK with 603,531. Other markets of note include US (306,701 customers) and China (215,211).

The top three cities were London (371,574 customers), Kuwait (272,607) and Mumbai (210,820). The fastest growing regions were Eastern Europe up by a whopping 25.7 per cent, the CIS up 14.8 per cent and Africa growing 11.2 per cent.

As for cargo, 219,629 tonnes of air freight moved through DXB in August (-2.3 per cent) bringing total cargo tonnage for the year to 1,711,279 (-1.7 per cent).