UAE daily air traffic surges to two-year high

Air traffic movements rose 6.9% month-on-month in November, with Dubai accounting for 45%
UAE daily air traffic surges to two-year high
Dubai was the UAE’s busiest airport, accounting for 25,363, or 45 percent, of total air traffic movements last month (Getty Images)
By Shane McGinley
Thu 16 Dec 2010 01:32 PM

Average daily air traffic movements in the UAE soared to 1,888 in November, the highest level for two years, according to the latest figures released on Thursday by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Overall, the total number of air traffic movement in the emirates rose to 56,654 in November, a month-on-month rise of 6.9 percent.

Dubai was the UAE’s busiest airport, accounting for 25,363, or 45 percent, of total air traffic movements last month.

Abu Dhabi was second with 8,293 movements, followed by Sharjah International Airport (5,323), Fujairah International Airport (507), Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (310), Al Ain Airport (173) and Al Maktoum International Airport (133).

Planes commuting through UAE airspace accounted for 11,938 movements, while local flights between UAE airports accounted for 4,230 movements.

While Dubai airport is seeing a surge in traffic and Emirates Airline is predicting a profit of $1.4bn, the region’s aerospace sector is facing a difficult 2011.

On Tuesday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that while Middle East carrier will remain the fastest growing carriers they will see their profits shrink from $700m in 2010 to $400m in 2011 as the fragile global aviation industry continues to flounder.

This sentiment was echoed by the Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, the state-owned aviation services and leasing company, who said on Thursday that it may be forced to cancel aircraft orders with Airbus and Boeing next year as the emirate battles the impact of the global credit crisis.

DAE shareholders include Istithmar World, a subsidiary of Dubai World, the government-owned company that is seeking to restructure $24.9bn of debt, and Dubai International Capital, which has also has asked lenders for an extension on some debt.

For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.