Emirates-Qantas alliance sees Australian traffic boom by 40%

Historic partnership leads growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport
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)
By Courtney Trenwith
Tue 29 Oct 2013 01:44 PM

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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