Three reasons why arrivals to DXB will surge again in 2019
The rate of growth at the world's busiest international airport might have slowed in the last year, but an upticks is expected
A total of 7.85 million passengers travelled through Dubai International Airport (DXB) in March. Airline collaboration: The tie-up between Flydubai and Emirates will help to add more traffic to the emirate in the coming years, with a rate of growth put at or around double digits. “The cooperation is actually extending the network and reach and rationalising some of the capacity,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. Flydubai, which operates flights from Terminal 2, will start routes from Terminal 3 in September. More connected cities: In addition to Flydubai operating from Terminal 3, the airline is planning an expanded schedule and an increased network when they take delivering of their Boeing 737 Max 9 jets – which have a longer range. This summer, the low cost carrier is adding Dubrovnik and Croatia and Kutaisi in Georgia, while routes in Africa and the Far East are also planned. Gates in the sky: A major restructuring of the skies above Dubai Airport will help alleviate the current congestion and facilitate more inbound traffic, according to Griffiths. Currently, there are 37 arrivals per hour, versus 41 departures but, he says, “the rate of flight movements will increase and that will drive greater throughput.” Dubai International handled 6.92 million passengers in February this year, according to the latest figures.