By Andy Sambidge
Airport sees more than 15,000 flights by superjumbo last year, nearly three times that of London Heathrow
Dubai International Airport was the world's leading hub for Airbus A380 operations in 2014, its operator said on Monday.
In addition to laying claim to being the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai International also registered the highest superjumbo traffic last year, according to Dubai Airports.
It had a total of 15,098 A380 flights to 39 destinations around the world during 2014, up from the 10,608 A380 scheduled flights to 26 destinations recorded in the previous year, a statement said.
The figures are based on published airline industry flight schedule data, it added.
The growth in A380 movements was driven by the expansion of the Emirates A380 fleet, with more than 50 A380 aircraft currently in operation. A380 flights were operated by both Emirates Airlines, the world’s biggest operator of the double-decker aircraft, and Qantas.
In 2014, Emirates marked a record launch of 10 new A380 routes, bringing the network to over 145 passenger and cargo destinations, from Burkina Faso to Buenos Aires, and spanning six continents.
The next busiest A380 airport was London Heathrow with 5,434 A380 flights to 11 cities, followed by Singapore’s Changi airport with 5,398 A380 flights to 18 destinations.
“Emirates’ expanding fleet of A380 aircraft is a key driver of Dubai International’s passenger growth and has shaped the expansion of the airport. This includes Concourse A, the world’s first purpose built A380 facility, which has taken the passenger experience to a new level,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.