Dubai International Airport set a new passenger traffic record in August, according to the monthly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.
Passenger numbers reach 7.7 million passengers in August, surpassing July’s 7.6 million.
Passenger traffic at DXB passengers reached 7,727,105 compared to 7,282,256 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 6.1% .
The YTD traffic totalled 55,850,353 passengers up 6.9% compared to 52,264,223 recorded during the first eight months of 2015.
Eastern Europe was the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (67.9%), followed by Asia (13%), South America (11.7%), and the Indian Subcontinent (11.7%). India remained the top destination country (924,256 passengers), followed by the UK (584,508 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (535,280 passengers).
London was the top destination city with 371,320 passengers followed closely by Doha (252,616 passengers) and Kuwait (240,712 passengers). Baku (+284.5 per cent) topped the list of cities in terms of percentage growth, followed by Mashhad (118.6 per cent) and Boston (88.2 per cent) – growth on the routes boosted by increased capacity.
Aircraft movements totalled 33,827 during the month under review compared to 34,773 movements recorded in August 2015, marginally down by 2.7 per cent. Year to date aircraft movement totalled 276,233 up 2.9 per cent compared to 268,360, recorded during the same period in 2015.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said: “Consecutive months with record breaking traffic is a great way to mark the 56th anniversary of DXB which occurred last week. Looking back it’s astonishing to see how quickly a tiny airport that was once a refuelling stop for airlines has turned into the world’s number one international hub. Over these five and a half decades, DXB has welcomed more than three quarters of a billion passengers.”