Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) saw a one percent decline in traffic, following a reduction in flight movements the fact that the Chinese New Year fell in February.
DXB welcomed a total of 7,960,146 passengers in January, a reduction of 1% compared to 8,037,008 recorded in January 2017, when passenger volumes were boosted by Chinese New Year.
“With passenger numbers nearing 8 million during the first month of the year, we’ve had a very encouraging start to 2018,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “What’s even more encouraging is that processes and technologies we have implemented recently are creating a smoother experience for our customers despite the high traffic volumes.”
Passenger traffic from South America saw the high percentage growth during the month (22.6%), followed by CIS (19.7%), with a bulk of the increase resulting from the surge on routes like Moscow, Baku, and Kazan.
New route launches by Emirates and Med View saw the traffic from Africa increase by 6.4%
In terms of passenger numbers, routes to the Indian subcontinent topped the list with 1,100,477 passengers followed by Saudi Arabia (650,822 passengers), and the UK (547,286 passengers).
London was the top destination city with 333,286 passengers, followed by Kuwait (231,956 passengers), and Mumbai (225,776 passengers).
Flight movements during January totalled 35,306 compared to 36,592 during the same month last year, a reduction of 3.5%. The average number of passengers per flight remained high at 232 during the month, an increase of 0.9% compared to 230 recorded in January 2017.
Freight volumes at DXB totalled 202,233 tonnes in January down 2.9% per cent compared to 208,271 recorded in January 2017.
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