Ramadan impact lowers passenger numbers at Dubai's DXB

Dubai International Airport welcomed 36.9 million passengers during the first five months of 2018, marginally down on the same time last year
Ramadan impact lowers passenger numbers at Dubai's DXB
By Sam Bridge
Thu 05 Jul 2018 02:18 PM

Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed 36.9 million passengers during the first five months of 2018, marginally down on the same time last year, according to its operator.

Dubai Airports said DXB welcomed a total of 36,943,613 passengers compared to 36,969,594 passengers recorded in the year-earlier period, largely due to the impact of Ramadan which fell in May this year.

Passenger traffic for the past 12 months totalled 88,216,118, up 2.6 percent, it added.

In May, passenger numbers totalled 6,589,264 compared to 6,850,052, down 3.8 percent due to lower volumes traditionally experienced during Ramadan. Average monthly traffic volumes have however remained high in 2018 at 7.4 million passengers.

Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in May with 19.4 percent growth, thanks to robust growth on routes to Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania and the launch of flydubai’s new services to Krakow in Poland.

India was the top destination country with a total of 1,041,258 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (495,242), and the UK (429,893), while the top cities for passenger volumes were London with 262,913 passengers, Mumbai (213,056) and Jeddah (179,756).

Dubai Airports also said that DXB handled a total of 221,363 tonnes of cargo during May, down 4.9 percent compared to 232,884 tonnes during the same month last year. Year to date cargo at the end of May totalled 1,053,549 compared to 1,087,243 tonnes, down 3.1 percent.

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