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Dubai Int'l Airport sees 13.6% traffic rise in May

Dubai Airports CEO says he is expecting record numbers during next three months.

Dubai Int'l Airport sees 13.6% traffic rise in May

Dubai International airport's passenger traffic rose 13.6 percent in May, the 11th consecutive month of doublt-digit growth, new figures released on Wednesday showed.

A total of 3,654,717 passengers used the airport last month compared to 3,217,089 passengers in May 2009.

And airport bosses said they were expecting record traffic figures during the busy summer months ahead.

Year to date passenger traffic was up 17.7 percent at 18,870,253 passengers compared to 16,035,676 using the airport during the corresponding period in 2009.

Cargo volumes also grew 31.7 per cent to 195,221 tonnes compared to 148,207 tonnes during the same month in 2009 spurred by increased economic activity in Asia and other regional markets.

Year to date cargo volumes total 917,280 tonnes compared to 722,549 tonnes during the same period in 2009, up 27 per cent.

“The outlook remains strong as we expect traffic during June and September to hit record levels owing to the onset of the summer travel season,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.

“An average of 100,000 passengers per day travelled through Dubai International during the summer rush in 2009 and the number is likely to be much higher this year.”

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