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Video: Why did Dubai Airport have a record-breaking month?

Dubai International Airport (DXB) recorded its second busiest month ever surpassing the 8 million passenger mark in July, according operator Dubai Airports.

The airport clocked monthly traffic exceeding 8 million passengers on three other occasions last year – in January, July and August.

Passenger numbers in July totalled 8,207,987, up 1.8 percent compared to 8,065,789 rercoded in July 2017. Year to date passenger traffic reached 51,947,092, up 1.6 percent.

In terms of growth rate, Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in July with traffic surging 24.4 percent - mainly fueled by flydubai’s route development plan.

India retained its position as the top destination country with 1,032,302 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (583,975) and the UK (581,557).

London, with 358,201 passengers, topped the list of the most popular destinations served from DXB by traffic volume in July, followed by Kuwait (221,696), Mumbai (209,205) and Riyadh (200,411).

DXB also recorded robust growth in cargo in July with volumes totaling 223,488 tonnes compared to 213,258 tonnes in July 2017, up 4.8 percent. Year to date cargo volumes reached 1,491,649 compared to 1,516,169 tonnes of cargo recorded during the same period in 2017, a contraction of 1.6 percent.

In this edition of Inside AB, Jeremy Lawrence and Bernd Debusmann explore the numbers  - and the reasons behind them - in more detail.

(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)