By Andy Sambidge
Emirate continues to buck global downturn, registers 10.7% growth in numbers.
Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport grew by more than 10 percent in August, following double digit growth in the previous two months, it was announced on Monday.
The airport saw a 10.7 percent jump in passenger numbers last month, compared to increases of 10.3 percent in June and 12.6 percent in July, Dubai Airports Company said in a statement.
Dubai International handled a total of 3,729,879 passengers in August compared to 3,368,260 during the same period last year.
The airport’s monthly passenger throughput exceeded the 3.7 million mark for the second time this year, following the record-breaking 3.76 million passengers recorded in July.
Consistent growth during the first eight months of 2009 has seen the year to date passenger traffic reach 26,878,331, compared to 25,182,526 for the corresponding period in 2008, an increase of 6.7 percent.
Dubai continues to buck the global downturn in passenger traffic which has seen a seven percent contraction year-to-date.
Despite the global downturn, Dubai International is also holding on to its position among the world’s top five hubs for international cargo volumes.
Dubai Airports Cargo handled a total of 163,427 tonnes of air freight in August 2009 compared to 158,714 tonnes in August 2008, up 2.9 percent.
On Sunday, Abu Dhabi Airports Company announced that passenger traffic grew by 2.5 percent in August.
For all u know the info maybe true - i arrived back to Dubai from London on Thursday - along with our flight 3 other flights landed more or less at the same time and all the close by gates opened and channeled passengers to walk together to the Arrivals. There must be over 4-500 passengers or maybe more - and i was realy concerned since my egate card had expired. Anyways i can say for a fact that only 10-12 of us moved to the Arrivals gate and passport control - while others moved towards Transfers. So for all u know the count is correct, perhaps the info is a bit incomplete.
r u trying to be smart here? The count always include transfer passengers, what r u taking about?
Ali, clearly u r trying to be smart. You are repeating what i am saying! I am suggesting that the information given in Press Release does not clearly state that the count includes Arrival and Transfer passengers, thats all. So to a layman it would sound like the traffic into Dubai has increased.
Raj is absolutely right in his comment as well as you are. The report is addressing the passenger traffic which includes both transfer/transit passenger and passengers arriving to Dubai (not traveling through Dubai Airport). But also Raj comment is right because majority of passenger traffic is transit passengers traveling through Dubai which the report is not covering in this statistics announced. The reality there is a substantial shift in traffic mix to Dubai due to the global crises (less people welling to spend money on leisure travel) and Emirates Airlines efforts to sustain load factors which is attracting more transit passengers connecting to destination beyond Dubai.
I agree with Raj, his comment is quite specific and very true. There is information being withheld and that information is quite crucial in understanding where we are today. Abu Ali: you must learn to attack the issue not the person. Your opinion may differ from Raj's, that fine, but your attack on him is unacceptable behavior. Please polish yourself.