Emirates-Qantas alliance sees Australian traffic boom by 40%

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Qantas (L) and Emirates (R) aircraft are pictured on the tarmac of Sydney Airport on September 6, 2012. Struggling Australian carrier Qantas on September 6 announced a major global alliance with Emirates that will see its hub for European flights shift to Dubai from Singapore in a bid to stem losses. (AFP/Getty Images)

Qantas (L) and Emirates (R) aircraft are pictured on the tarmac of Sydney Airport on September 6, 2012. Struggling Australian carrier Qantas on September 6 announced a major global alliance with Emirates that will see its hub for European flights shift to Dubai from Singapore in a bid to stem losses. (AFP/Getty Images)

Emirates’ ground breaking alliance with Australian flag carrier Qantas has helped drive up passenger traffic between Dubai and Australia by more than 40 percent in the first six months, the latest airport traffic statistics show.

The increase is the largest recorded by Dubai International Airport for any country in recent times.

Passenger traffic to and from Australia rose 41.7 percent during September compared to the same month last year, according to operator Dubai Airports.

That was far more than the next largest increases: France (23.7 percent), Saudi Arabia (22.4 percent), Thailand (21.8 percent) and the UK (21.7 per cent).

The alliance, which saw Qantas move its international hub and European stop-over point to Dubai, also has helped boost ticket sales throughout Australasia by 38.6 percent.

In total, the number of passengers travelling through Dubai International – which this year became the world’s second busiest international airport - increased 13.1 percent in September year-on-year.

About 5,407,000 people travelled through the airport in September, compared to 4,780,394 during the corresponding month in 2012.

Passenger traffic has grown 16 percent so far this year to 49.38m.

Aircraft movements increased 10 percent to 30,746 during September, while passengers per aircraft movement came in at 193 during the month.

All regions recorded growth in September, except South America (-6.9 percent).

In particular, Flydubai’s expansion to multiple destinations in Eastern Europe saw that region’s passenger growth to and from Dubai rise 65 percent.

However, Western Europe traffic, which grew by 14.8 percent, accounted for the largest share of the market.

The GCC was the second largest market, followed by the Indian subcontinent, which has seen several expansions of Indian carriers.

Air freight volumes also improved, rising 1.8 percent in September with volumes of 196,823 tonnes.

Year-to-date cargo traffic totalled 1,785,539 tonnes, up 6.6 percent.

“Passenger and cargo traffic growth continue unabated and Dubai International is on track to eclipse our projections for 65.4m passengers and 2.7m tonnes of cargo,” Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said.

“With the opening of our new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, and the ongoing expansion at Dubai International, Dubai’s aviation infrastructure continues to make it an attractive destination for tourism, trade and commerce.”

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