Dubai airport confirmed as world’s second busiest

Figures show that Gulf hub has moved up two places in global rankings since start of 2013

Dubai International Airport has been confirmed as the world's second busiest airport for passenger traffic, according to official aviation industry data.

Latest figures published by Airports Council International showed Dubai moving ahead of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport for the first time.

Since the start of the year, Dubai International has moved up two positions in the global rankings and now has London Heathrow's title as the world's busiest international airport firmly within its sights.

Dubai Airports has seen a 13 percent increase in passenger traffic to 10,640,120 passengers in the first two months of this year, up from 9,413,286 for the same period in 2012.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: "It is extremely gratifying to see Dubai International leap up two places in the international passenger rankings in a single year.

"It is a clear signal that more people are choosing Dubai as their preferred hub not only for its extensive global network but the superb facilities on the ground too.

"Given our surging growth rate and London Heathrow's capacity constraints we are well placed to overtake them as the world's busiest airport for international traffic by 2015."

In February, Dubai International Airport’s new A380 concourse – the world’s first purpose-built facility for the aircraft - opened fully.

All 20 gates capable of handling the double decker Airbus superjumbo are now operational.

Dubai Airport intends to increase capacity to 90m passengers by 2018.

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Posted by: Ty Say

This is the worst case of manipulated figures I have ever seen. Where is this illusive report? All the reports I could find indicate at best Dubai is a lowly ranked 10th in the busiest Airport rankings. If you count it on Aircraft movement, not passengers, then they dont even come in the top 30! Biggest load of pretentious rubbish I have ever read!

Posted by: Peter Johnstone

It's great news ... I doubt CDG or LHR will expand much in the coming decade, but it is a pity that, when one flies to Dubai, you can be 'stuck' in a holding pattern above the airport for 40 minutes before being able to land ... clearly the airport terminals can cope with the volumes, but the airspace and runways can not. It's not a great experience for travellers, when you then miss connections because of late arrival flights, caused by aircraft congestion.

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