By Daniel Shane
Year-to-date traffic hit 32.94m, up 12.4 percent from 29.3m in the corresponding period in 2011
The number of passengers travelling through Dubai
International Airport surpassed 5m for the first time during July, according to
a statement from the company that manages the hub.
Dubai Airports’ monthly traffic report said that 5.006m
people went through the airport during the month, a 6 percent increase compared
to 4.72m in July last year.
Year-to-date traffic hit 32.94m, up 12.4 percent from 29.3m
in the corresponding period in 2011.
The largest regional traffic growth during the month came
from Western Europe, followed by Africa the Indian Subcontinent and then Asia.
Cargo traffic increased 6.2 percent in July to 204,510
tonnes from 192,538 tonnes the previous year.
“July’s traffic volumes mean that an average of 112
passengers passed through our airport every minute of every day,” said Paul
Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “By 2018, when we expect to complete the
expansion of Dubai International, that will soar to just under 170 passengers
Dubai is investing US$7.8bn in upgrading its airport
infrastructure with the aim of boosting capacity to 90m passengers per year by
2018. Projects include a third concourse with a dedicated Airbus A380 facility,
due to open in 2013.
Dubai Airports said that Dubai International Airport will
contribute approximately US$45.4bn to the emirate’s economy by 2020, up from
its current US$22bn.
The firm is also building the new US$34bn Al Maktoum
International Airport, located south of the city, which is scheduled to be the
world’s largest airport when it starts full commercial passenger services in