By Ed Attwood
Increase in Emirates’ services to North America, plus rise in GCC and Indian subcontinent traffic boost monthly figures
A 20 percent rise in passengers travelling to and from North America has helped push Dubai International Airport’s traffic figures to a record high for January.
The airport saw a 6.3 percent rise in traffic during January compared to the same month last year, with overall traffic reaching 7.3 million. The previous record was 7.2 million passengers in a single month, which was set in August last year.
In a press statement, Dubai Airports said that Emirates’ decision to add a new route to Orlando and expand services to Boston, New York and Seattle had boosted North American traffic by 19.9 percent.
Gulf traffic rose by 11.6 percent, helped by double-digit growth from Jeddah, while traffic from the Indian subcontinent rose by 8.7 percent.
Aircraft movements rose by 3.7 percent year on year, while cargo traffic increased by 8.2 percent to 201,483 tonnes.
“The record passenger numbers in January confirm that the growth trend from last year has continued into 2016 and we are on course to meet our projection of 85 million passengers that we expect to pass through our airport this year,” said Dubai Airport CEO Paul Griffiths.
“Concourse D’s opening in February has increased DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers a year, allowing us to continue to accommodate the rising number of people whilst boosting service levels. In the months ahead we will begin the complete refurbishment of Concourse C which will further improve passenger flows and the overall customer experience,” he added.transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.