Dubai International welcomed 6.8 million customers during May, an increase of nearly 2 percent, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
Passenger numbers at DXB rose 1.9 percent to 6,850,052 compared to 6,721,995 recorded in May 2016, the company said in a statement.
It added that during the first five months of 2017, DXB welcomed 36,969,594 passengers, a year on year growth of 6.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
South America was the fastest growing region in May rising 60 percent, followed by routes to Eastern Europe which registered a year on year growth of 15.5 percent, and Asia (9.7 percent).
In terms of passenger volume, India topped all countries with a total of 1,029,929 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (508,613), the UK (451,540), and Pakistan (354,924) while the top cities for passenger traffic were London (292,193), Mumbai (216,173) and Jeddah (178,220).
During the month under review, flight movements totalled 34,544, a contraction of 2.3 percent compared to May 2016.
The average number of passengers per flight was 205 during May 2017, a year on year growth of 1.5 percent compared to 202 in May last year.
Freight volumes at DXB continued to grow steadily in May reaching 232,884 tonnes compared to 226,916 tonnes in May 2016, an increase of 2.6 percent. During the first five months of 2017 cargo handled at DXB totalled 1,087,243 tonnes, up 3 percent compared to the same period last year.
“Considering that we’ve had some record breaking months earlier in the year, including the rush of travellers during the summer holiday and Eid break last week, we are looking forward to robust growth in the first half,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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