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Dubai Int'l passenger traffic up 7.7% in January

Airport operator claims new monthly record as aviation hub welcomes more than 6.8m in January

Dubai Int'l passenger traffic up 7.7% in January

Dubai International Airport posted another monthly traffic record in January by welcoming more than 6.8 million passengers, its operator said on Monday.

According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose 7.7 percent to 6,895,668 in January, up from 6,400,706 in the same month in 2014.

This follows Dubai International’s performance in 2014 during which the airport welcomed 70.4 million passengers to claim the title of the world’s number one airport for international passenger traffic.

“Considering that Dubai International is projected to welcome over 79 million passengers in 2015, there is no better way to begin a year than with a record month,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

Regionally, Eastern Europe remained the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (up 71.9 per cent), followed by North America (up 16.9 percent), the Indian subcontinent (up 12.2 percent) and Asia (up 10.5 percent).

Russia & CIS recorded fewer visitors with traffic dropping -22.7 percent due to the political and economic instability in the region, while traffic on Australasian routes also registered a marginal dip of 1.6 percent.

Most markets were boosted in January by holiday traffic as well as visitors to the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, a statement said.

Aircraft movements totalled 34,643 in January, up 6.2 percent compared to the 32,625 movements recorded in January 2014.

Freight volumes at Dubai International continued the downward trend in January, contracting 5.5 percent to 186,230 tonnes, from 197,021 recorded in January 2014. The contraction is the result of a total of shift of cargo operations to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central since May 2014.

Griffiths added: “The opening of Concourse D later this year will increase our annual capacity to 90 million passengers and make sure we can continue to accommodate the increasing number of travellers who choose to fly through DXB.

"It is also a strong endorsement for our $7.8 billion SP2020 expansion plan which will allow us to remain one step ahead of our expected growth by increasing our capacity both on the ground as well as in the air.”

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