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Dubai Int’l hits new record as passenger numbers soar in July

Traffic up by 14 percent to 7.6m, boosted by jump in visitors from Eastern Europe, Asia

Dubai Int’l hits new record as passenger numbers soar in July

Passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport rose by 14 percent to hit a record 7.6 million in July, compared to the same month a year earlier.

The figure is significantly higher than the average monthly growth of 7 percent during the first seven months of the year, Dubai Airports said in a statement.

The world’s busiest airport saw travellers from Eastern Europe rise by a third, while Asian traffic grew by 20.8 percent and Indian subcontinental traffic increased by 17.1 percent.

Dubai Airports said aircraft movements rose by 5.8 percent during the same period.

However, freight traffic fell by 1.2 percent to 203,000 tonnes in July. The airport as a whole saw a 3.2 percent increase in cargo during the first seven months of the year.

“This summer was the busiest in DXB’s history with daily traffic averaging a quarter of a million passengers across the three terminals,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said in a press release. “We are pleased as much with the growth as we are with the way we managed service levels by implementing detailed operational plans, boosting staff levels, intensifying communication efforts with our business partners and customers during the peak period.”

In February, Dubai International opened Concourse D, a terminal dedicated to international airlines, which increased its annual capacity from 75 million to 90 million.

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