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Dubai International retains top spot after 10.7% growth in traffic in 2015

Airport remains world’s busiest for international traffic, passenger numbers rise 8.5% in December

Dubai International retains top spot after 10.7% growth in traffic in 2015

Dubai International has kept the mantle of the world’s busiest airport for international passengers after a 10.7 percent growth in traffic in 2015.

The airport registered just over 78 million passengers last year, with aircraft movements up by 14.1 percent to just over 400,000.

In December, year-on-year passenger numbers rose by 8.5 percent to just over 70,000.

Dubai International retained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers by registering annual traffic of just over 78 million in 2015, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

Over the course of the year, India retained its position as the airport’s largest single destination country, with traffic growing by 17 percent on the previous year. The UK was second with 6 percent growth, followed by Saudi Arabia (12 percent growth). Doha was the largest destination city, with 18 percent growth, followed by London and Mumbai.

Cargo through the hub rose by 3.4 percent during the course of last year, despite the transfer of all pure cargo operators to the nearby Al Maktoum International Airport.

“It’s another banner year for Dubai International where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers in new ways, and retained our position as the world’s number one international hub,” said Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports, in a statement.

“But we have no time to rest on our laurels as we are already busy testing the readiness our newest facility, the $1.2bn Concourse D, which when it opens for our 70 plus airlines this quarter, will play a crucial role in helping us welcome millions of passengers in comfort and style.”

Around 100 airlines connect the airport to more than 240 destinations around the world.

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