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Dubai Int'l reports July traffic jump after runway maintenance

More than 6.68m passengers use airport, up nearly 30% on July 2014 when airport was reduced to one runway

Dubai Int'l reports July traffic jump after runway maintenance

Dubai International Airport saw passenger numbers soar by 29.6 percent jump in July, reflecting runway maintenance the previous summer, its operator said on Wednesday.

Traffic rose to 6.68 million passengers in July from 5.12 million a year earlier, Dubai Airports said.

The top five countries in terms of passenger numbers were India, UK, Saudi Arabia, US and Pakistan with London, Doha, Kuwait, Mumbai and Jeddah heading up the list of most popular destinations served from DXB.

Dubai International Airport was reduced to one runway from May to July 2014 for maintenance which lasted 80 days.

The number of passengers so far this year totalled 45 million, up 12.9 percent, it said in a statement, adding that the growth in traffic was propelled by new services to eastern European destinations by carriers flydubai and Emirates.

The heaviest traffic was on routes serving Gulf countries followed by the Indian subcontinent and Western Europe.

Freight volumes increased 8 percent in July to 205,526 tonnes compared to 190,376 tonnes in July 2014 as volumes were affected by capacity reductions caused during the runway programme.

During the first seven months of 2015 Dubai International handled 1,438,904 tonnes of freight up 2.7 percent from 1,401,743 tonnes handled during the same period last year.

“Over 6 million passengers per month has become the norm at DXB and we expect that to continue for the remainder of the year,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

“Despite the high volumes we have maintained service levels by implementing detailed operational plans, boosting staff levels, intensifying communication efforts with our business partners and customers.”

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