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Dubai airport on track to reach 83m passenger target in 2016

Passenger traffic world's busiest airport for international travel up 2.7% in October

Dubai airport on track to reach 83m passenger target in 2016

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, increased 2.7 percent from a year earlier to 6.4 million people in October, the airport's operator said in a statement on Thursday.

In the first 10 months of this year, traffic grew 6.8 percent to 69.36 million people, with the operator saying the airport was on track to reaching its target of 83 million passengers in 2016.

Passenger traffic from Eastern Europe was again as the fastest-growing market in October (+25.2 per cent), thanks to
additional capacity and new services launched by a number of airlines, with South America (9.9 per cent), Asia (8.2 per cent) and the Indian
Subcontinent (6.7 per cent) also showing positive growth.

India remained the top destination country
(901,958 passengers), followed by the UK (493,181 passengers) and Saudi Arabia
(349,198 passengers).

The airport handled 236,159 tonnes of cargo in October, an increase of 9.5 percent compared to a year earlier.

Dubai International only handles some of the emirate's air freight with Dubai's second airport, Al Maktoum International, also handling cargo operations.

"Cargo numbers impressed during October with the biggest
monthly increase we’ve seen all year," said Paul Griffiths, CEO of
Dubai Airports.

"On the passenger side, we remain on track
to achieve our forecast for 83 million passengers by year-end. Accordingly, DXB
is sure to retain its status as the leading airport worldwide for international
passenger traffic."

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HCJ 2 years ago

I wonder what percentage of passengers use Dubai as a transit point for onward travel. In the past year, I've noticed a significant decline in the number of passengers disembarking in Dubai from the London Heathrow flights I take.