Published On: Wed, Jan 28th, 2015

DXB takes over top spot for international passenger traffic

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

Dubai Airports today released its year-end traffic report which confirm that Dubai International Airport, DXB, has secured its position as the number one airport for international passenger numbers. Full year passenger numbers totalled 70,475,636, up 6.1 percent from the 66,431,533 recorded in 2013.

This followed robust passenger traffic growth of 7.5 percent in December with 6,498,573 passengers passing through the facility compared to 6,047,126 recorded in the corresponding month the previous year.

“This historic milestone is the culmination of over five decades of double-digit average growth that were inspired by the vision of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It is a vision that has been carried forward strongly by our leader, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” said H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates Group, and Chairman of Dubai Airports.

He added, “The shared goal is to make Dubai a global centre of aviation and we are nearing that goal thanks to an open skies policy, a friendly business environment, Dubai’s growing attractiveness as a centre for trade, commerce and tourism, growing network connectivity due to the rapid expansion of Emirates and flydubai and timely investment in aviation infrastructure.” Aircraft movements in December rose 4 percent to 34,136, up marginally from the 32,832 recorded during December 2013. Full year aircraft movements totalled 357,339 compared to 369,953 in 2013, a contraction of 3.4 percent, primarily due to the temporary reduction of flights experienced during the 80 day runway refurbishment project during the summer, and the shift of freighter operators and general aviation to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) earlier this year. Spurred by an ongoing increase in the number of wide bodied aircraft servicing the airport, the numbers of passengers per flight increased 5.1 percent to 208.3 passengers for the full year.

For the full year 2014, the top market for growth in passenger volumes was Western Europe (+1,192,831 passengers) closely followed by the Indian Subcontinent (+936,449), Asia (+716,180) and North America (+432,597). In terms of percentage growth in 2014, Eastern Europe (+21.0 percent) was the strongest market followed by North America (18.6 percent), Asia (12.6 per cent), Australasia (9.2 percent) and Western Europe (8.8 percent).

Freight volumes at Dubai International totalled 2,367,574 tonnes in 2014 compared to 2,443,624 tonnes in 2013, down 3.4 percent, again due to the shift of freighter operators to DWC. December’s freight volumes decreased by 7 percent with 202,836 tonnes passing through the facility compared to 218,138 tonnes recorded during the same month of 2013.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said, “Much like 2014, 2015 promises to be another eventful year featuring more record passenger numbers and facility upgrades including the opening of Concourse D which will boost Dubai International’s capacity to 90 million. Today we are also releasing our projections for 2015 traffic at Dubai International which forecast 79 million passengers. We will have more flights connecting more people to more destinations. And we will be fully focused on rolling out technology, new F&B concepts and service initiatives that further enhance the passenger experience.”

Source : WAM News Agency for United Arab Emirates

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