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DXB passenger traffic reaches 6.9 million in October

Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 5.9 percent from the first 10 months of 2016.

DXB passenger traffic reaches 6.9 million in October
Terminal 3 Dubai international airport_Airport Middle EastDubai United Arab Emirates October 8 2008 Photo by Efraim EvidorITP Images

A total of 6.9 million passengers arrived at Dubai International Airport (DXB) in October, according to new statistics from Dubai Airports.

According to the statistics, passenger traffic reached 6,865,296 in October, compared to 6,420,208 over the same time period last year. So far in 2017, passenger numbers at the airport have increase 5.9 percent to 73,433,846, compared to 69,366,094 recorded during the first ten months of 2016.  

“The third quarter has begun on a very positive note for DXB and with the hub on track to achieve our forecast of 89 million passengers for the year, our focus will be on continuing to maintain customer service quality and overall airport experience,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

The growth rate was found to be highest from South America, which recorded a 39.9 percent increase, followed by Eastern Europe (23.5 percent), and Asia (20.3 percent). India remained a top destination country, with 1,009,005 passengers traveling there, followed by the UK (525,896 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (407,262 passengers).

In terms of cities, London was the top destination from Dubai with 327,400 passengers, followed by Mumbai (219,512) and New Delhi (184,754).

Saj Ahmad, an analyst with the London-based StrategicAero Research, said that “Europe in particular leads the way for traffic out of Dubai and its evident that the likes of Emirates is keen to continue its expansion here - especially in the wake of the Air Berlin collapse, which has partly led Emirates to deploy all A380s on its Frankfurt services from 2018.”

Flight movements in October totalled 33,257, 5.8 percent lower than the 35,314 percent recorded the previous year. Year to date, flight movements totalled 340,940, down 2.3 percent from the 348,893 recorded during the first 10 months of 2016. The average numbers of passengers per flight, however, rose 11.6 percent from 191 to 213.

DXB freight handled 231,805 tonnes of freight tonnes compared to 236,169 tonnes during October 2016, a 1.8 percent decrease.

Year to date cargo volumes as at the end of October reached 2,189,824, 2.9 more than the 2,127,589 tonnes recorded during the same period last year.

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