By Andy Sambidge
Operator says more than 6.4 passengers use Dubai's main airport, a new monthly report
Dubai International Airport started the New Year with record monthly traffic, exceeding 6.4 million passengers in January, its operator said on Wednesday.
According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic reached 6,400,706 last month, up 15.1 percent from 5,559,760 recorded during the same month in 2013.
The bumper traffic was boosted by the seasonal rush of holidaymakers into Dubai, as well as the recently concluded Dubai Shopping Festival, it said in a statement.
Regionally, the GCC recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic (up 180,982 passengers) – mainly boosted by double digit traffic growth recorded by Doha, Jeddah and Riyadh – followed by Western Europe (up 140,910), and the Indian Subcontinent (up 126,305 passengers).
Eastern Europe was the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (up 42 percent), followed by the Australasia (up 34.5 percent), Asia Pacific (up 26.7 percent) and Asia (up 20.7 percent).
India remained the top destination country (800,397 passengers) with financial capital Mumbai as the busiest destination, followed by Saudi Arabia (514,071 passengers) and the UK (435,806 passengers).
Doha was placed number one on the list of top destination cities followed closely by London.
Aircraft movements totalled 32,625 during the month under review compared to 31,332 movements recorded in January 2013, up 4.1 percent. Passengers per aircraft movement in January came in at 199.
Freight volumes in January totalled 197,021 tonnes an increase of 4.5 percent compared to 188,520 tonnes recorded in January 2013.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports hailed the impact on growth of the new Concourse A.
"With 10,608 A380 scheduled flights to 26 destinations in 2013, Concourse A has helped Dubai International enhance its status as the world’s largest hub for Airbus A380 operations in its first full year of operations.”
Opened on January 2nd 2013, Concourse A handled 14,596,893 passengers and handled more than 22-million bags in its first full year of operations.