The New Year has rung in well for Dubai International.
The airport authority reported welcoming more than 6.8 million passengers in January. According to traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose 7.7% to 6,895,668 in January 2015, up from 6,400,706 in the same month in 2014.
This follows Dubai International’s performance in 2014 wherein the airport welcomed 70.4 m passengers.
“Considering that Dubai International is projected to welcome over 79 m passengers in 2015, there is no better way to begin a year than with a record month,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
Regionally, Eastern Europe remained the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (71.9%), followed by North America (16.9%), the Indian subcontinent (12.2%) and Asia (10.5%). Russia and CIS recorded fewer visitors with traffic dropping -22.7% due to political and economic instability in the region, while traffic on Australasian routes also registered a marginal dip of -1.6%. Routes to the Indian subcontinent recorded 171,552 passengers, AGCC with 115,317 passengers, and Western Europe with 105,409 passengers topped in terms of growth in passenger numbers.
Aircraft movements totalled 34,643 in January 2015, up 6.2% compared to the 32,625 movements recorded in January 2014.