By Sarah Townsend
DXB recorded 8.2 million passengers in August, but slight drop in flight movements
Dubai International Airport (DXB) saw a record 8.2 million passengers in August – a 6.6 percent increase compared to the same month last year, it said.
DXB’s latest monthly traffic report suggested a seasonal traveller rush that boosted figures to 8,233,311, compared to 7,727,105 last August.
Year-to-date cumulative traffic was also up 6.3 percent from 2016, with 59,353,368 recorded during the first eight months of 2016 compared to 55,851,148.
DXB noted that 2016 figures for passenger traffic and flight movements have been “restated due to data validation and an update in methodology”.
The latest report also showed that India remained the top destination country for traffic volumes, with 1,044,730 passengers in August, followed by the UK (611,254 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (610,434 passengers).
London was the top destination city with 377,130 passengers, followed by Kuwait with 284,151 passengers and Mumbai with 211,564 passengers.
DXB said South America was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth, with traffic rising 27.4 percent year on year, followed by Asia (up 21.9 percent), and Eastern Europe (18.8 percent).
The average number of passengers per flight during the month was 246, up 7.2 percent from 229 in August 2016, the report showed.
There was a slight (1.7 percent) drop in overall flight movements during the month under review, to 34,370 from 34,967 in August 2016.
This was also the case for year-to-date flight movements, which totalled 274,549, down 1.5 percent compared to 278,799 during the first eight months in 2016.
Meanwhile, freight volumes surged 10.1 percent to 221,508 tonnes in August. Year-to-date cargo reached 1,737,676 tonnes, up 3 percent from 1,686,277 tonnes by August last year.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “We are very pleased with the way things are shaping up this year, not only in terms of growth, which has been robust with passenger numbers exceeding the 8-million mark three times – in January, July and August, but also with our success in significantly enhancing the airport experience with initiatives such as the launch of the world’s fastest free airport Wi-Fi, streaming entertainment service ICFlix, quicker passport control and shorter wait times in queues thanks to cutting edge technology.”