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Ramadan sees slight drop in June traffic at Dubai International

Traffic at world's busiest international airport rose 5.8% during first half of 2016

Ramadan sees slight drop in June traffic at Dubai International

Passenger traffic via Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest international hub, dropped 1 percent from a year ago to 5.86 million people in June because of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the airport's operator said on Sunday.

Most of Ramadan, which normally reduces business travel in the region, occurred during the month of June this year.

In the first half of this year passenger traffic rose 5.8 percent to 40.51 million people.

"We've had a record first half and the second half is underway with what could be a banner month thanks to the start of the holiday season in July and the week-long break for the Islamic festival of Eid Al Fitr," said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

"In July we have seen very high volumes, particularly in connecting traffic as vacationers increasingly choose Dubai as an intercontinental hub as well as being a popular destination in itself. We deployed additional staff at touchpoints across the airport and launched the Hangout@DXB campaign to reach out to travellers, keeping them informed of the latest DXB, and travel tips to make their journey easier," he added.

Cargo handled by Dubai International rose 3.9 percent to 226,175 tonnes in June, and grew 3.8 percent to 1.28 million tonnes in the first half of 2016. Only some of Dubai's air freight traffic passes through Dubai International as another facility, Dubai World Central, handles pure cargo operations.

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