Dubai passenger traffic keeps on growing

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Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed 6.9 million customers in November and in the first 11 months of 2018 it reached 81.4 million, according to latest figures releases by the hub.

Operator Dubai Airports said November traffic was though down 0.8 per cent on the same month in 2017 and overall year-to-date traffic was up 1.3 per cent on the previous year,

In terms of baggage volumes – 5.8 million bags (+2.3%) passed through the airport’s 175 km long baggage system during November.

Wait times were reduced by 45 per cent in November, thanks to the state-of-the-art operations centre at DXB which leverages real-time information to improve service and efficiency while the smart gates help speed customers through immigration.

India remained DXB’s top destination country with total traffic reaching 1,032,662 during the month. Saudi Arabia climbed one rank to reach the second spot with 509,446 customers, followed by the UK with 466,459 customers. Other markets of note include the US (235,523 customers) and China (189,466).

The top three cities were London (275,141 customers), Mumbai (221,812) and New Delhi (183,680).

With growth of 6.9 per cent, North America held its position as the fastest growing region, followed closely by Africa at 6.8 per cent and Eastern Europe growing 4.6 per cent.

Flight movements totalled 33,031 (-1.2 per cent) in November while the average number of customers per flight was slightly up at 216 (0.5 per cent).

A total of 373,229 flights have taken-off or landed at DXB (-0.3%) so far this year, bringing the total number of daily flight movements at DXB to 1,120.

In November 237,059 tonnes of airfreight was handled at DXB (+0.6 per cent) bringing the total cargo tonnage for the year to 2,407,050 (-0.8 per cent).