Dubai Int'l posts 15.1% passenger growth in October

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Dubai International Airport recorded its tenth consecutive month with more than five million passengers in October, operator Dubai Airports said on Tuesday.

Passenger traffic last month totalled 5,667,698, up 15.1 percent from 4,923,246 recorded during the same month in 2012.

The year to date traffic climbed 15.9 percent to 55,046,863  compared to 47,488,586  recorded during the corresponding period last year, the operator said in a statement.

Western Europe recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers in October (up 159,278 passengers), followed by the GCC (up 132,169), the Indian subcontinent (up 126,150 passengers), and Africa (up 67,884 passengers).

The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Eastern Europe (up 55.5 percent) mainly driven by Emirates airline’s operations to destinations in the region, followed by Australasia (up 41.3 percent).

Aircraft movements in October rose 9.1 percent to 32,279 from 29,578 recorded during the same month in 2012.

Dubai International also handled 208,695 tonnes of cargo in October, an increase of 3 percent over 202,619 tonnes recorded during October of 2012.

The year to date freight volumes reached 1,994,234 tonnes compared to 1,877,616 tonnes handled during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 6.2 percent.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said that growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International has been better than expected so far this year and that the airport is on track to exceed the projected annual figure of 65.4 million by a margin.

“The record aircraft order at the recently concluded Dubai Airshow 2013, a considerable part of which was placed by Emirates airline, is a clear indication that our more than five decade track record for growth is not only set to continue but get better. The ongoing expansion of Dubai’s aviation infrastructure is in preparation to welcome that growth,” he said.

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