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Dubai Airport breaks passenger record twice in two weeks

Record number of passengers pass through Dubai airport during first weekend of New Year

Dubai Airport breaks passenger record twice in two weeks

Dubai International Airport has broken its own record for handling passengers over a period of a weekend just two weeks after it set the first one.

The airport, one step towards being officially named the world’s busiest, set a record number of passengers for the weekend before Christmas but broke that record just two weeks later, in the first weekend of the New Year.

“DXB (Terminals 1, 2 and 3) welcomed a record 650,000 passengers between January 2 and 4, up from the previous record of 638,000 between December 18-20,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson told Gulf News.

The spokesperson said the airport handled the record-breaking number of passengers with extra resources put in place.

“We put on additional staff from the curb to the boarding gates. The busiest weekend in DXB’s history was managed well thanks to a lot of meticulous planning and preparations and close coordination between Dubai Airports and all stakeholders, including Emirates and all other airlines, dnata, Dubai Police, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, and Dubai Customs, amongst others,” the spokesperson said.

He added that the average wait time during peak hours for immigration was about 30 minutes and about 15 minutes for security, which he said was help by the 100 new automatic tray return scanning machines that have almost halved transaction time.

The refurbishment works will include an elevated rail link from Terminal 1 to Concourse D, will increase Dubai International’s capacity to 90 million passengers a year when opened later this year.

“Construction [of Concourse D] is well advanced, paving the way for the full launch of a trial and testing programme to ensuring that every system and process is ready for the opening towards the middle of this year. Basic trials began late in 2014 and will grow in complexity and scope, culminating in a full passenger trial in the second quarter,” he said.

Dubai International is also trialling open gates for the first time, which will mean travellers will be able to board directly from the waiting area.

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