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Dubai Int'l passenger traffic grows by 5.7% in October

Operator says airport is on track to exceed 71 million passengers this year; neck and neck with Heathrow

Dubai Int'l passenger traffic grows by 5.7% in October

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport, one of the world's busiest in the world, rose 5.7 percent from a year earlier in October to 5.99 million people, the airport operator said on Tuesday.

In the first 10 months of this year, traffic climbed 6.1 percent to 58.41 million. Growth was slowed by an 80-day runway refurbishment project earlier this year, which temporarily cut the airport's capacity.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports, said in a statement that Dubai International was on track to exceed 71 million passengers this year. It was neck-and-neck with London's Heathrow to be the world's busiest international airport in 2014, he said.

Freight volume through Dubai International fell 6.2 percent in October to 195,824 tonnes; volume in the first 10 months of this year was down 2.2 percent to 1.96 million tonnes. Pure cargo flights moved from Dubai International to the emirate's other main airport, Al Maktoum International, earlier this year.

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