Shift in the timing of Easter holiday also led to a 2.2% drop in passenger numbers at DXB
Dubai International saw a slight decrease in passenger numbers during the first quarter of this year, due to a reduced number of flights and the timing of Easter holiday this year.
The world’s busiest international airport reported a 2.2 percent drop in passengers in the first quarter (22,230,810) compared with the same period last year, which Dubai Airport said was partially attributable to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft.
Flydubai, which operates the majority of its flights out of DXB, has grounded its current fleet of 13 737s, which has led to the airline cancelling up to 15 flights per day.
The number of flights during the first three months of this year totalled 95,857, down 3% on last year.
India was again DXB’s top destination country by passenger numbers, propelled mainly by top city destinations Mumbai, Delhi and Cochin. Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom were next on the list. The top three cities were London (871,180 customers), Mumbai (624,442) and Jeddah (605,628 customers).
Wait times were reduced by 30% in Q1 2019, thanks to the use of Smart gates at DXB and its operations centre, which uses real-time information to improve service and efficiency
Cargo volumes, meanwhile, increased 4.1% to 641,250 tonnes.