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Dubai Int'l passenger traffic grows 6.9% in February

India remains the top destination country with a total of 885,298 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia and the UK

Dubai Int'l passenger traffic grows 6.9% in February

Passenger traffic continued to grow steadily at Dubai International, with over 6.3 million passengers registered in February, its operator said on Wednesday.

According to the latest traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic reached 6,383,544 in February, up 6.9 percent from 5,973,727 registered during the same month in 2015.

This brings the total year to date passenger traffic to 13,711,181, an increase of 6.5 percent from the first two months of 2015.

Eastern Europe was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+14.6 percent), followed by the Indian subcontinent (+11.5 percent), North America (+10.7 percent) and the GCC (+7.9 percent).

India remained the top destination country in February with a total of 885,298 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (485,570 passengers) and the UK (460,279 passengers). London topped the list of destination cities, followed by Doha and Mumbai.

Freight volumes at the airport increased from 191,002 tonnes in February 2015 to 196,730 in February 2016, up 3 percent.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: "This steady growth in passenger numbers has coincided with the opening of Concourse D in February, which increased DXB's capacity to 90 million passengers a year. Not only are we able to accommodate the rising passenger numbers, we have also boosted our service levels considerably."

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