Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) exceeded 43 million in the first half of 2017, according to its operator Dubai Airports.
DXB handled a total of 43,054,268 passengers during the first six months of the year, up 6.3 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2016.
Monthly traffic in June reached 6,084,674 compared to 5,857,503 during the same month last year, up 3.9 percent. The relatively modest growth was the outcome of the holy month of Ramadan falling in June, a traditionally slow month, Dubai Airports said in a statement.
During the first six months, the top country destinations in terms of total passenger volumes were India (5,943,359), Saudi Arabia (3,108,492), the UK (3,064,172), Pakistan (2,207,497) and the US (1,561,559).
In terms of percentage growth, top regions during the first half were South America (36.4 percent), Eastern Europe (28.7 percent) and Asia (18.7 percent).
Top cities by passenger volumes include London (1,893,038 passengers), Mumbai (1,205,504), Bangkok (1,037,606) and New Delhi (1,016,183).
Flight movements in the first half totalled 205,996, a marginal contraction of 0.9 percent, the statement said, adding that the average number of passengers per flight during the first half was 218, up 6.9 percent.
During the first half of 2017, air cargo volumes totalled 1,302,911 tonnes, up 1.6 percent compared to 1,282,025 tonnes handled during the same period in 2016.
“We are pleased with the growth in the first half, and with the rush of travellers expected to hit peak at the end of school holidays later next month, we are looking forward to another quarter of positive growth. We will continue to focus on improving service quality at DXB by bringing in new experiences and services to engage and delight our customers,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
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