The result came despite a 1% fall in traffic in June, from 5,914,671 recorded in June 2015 to 5,857,503, which the airport operator Dubai Airports attributed to Ramadan.
By comparison to this year’s first half result, the airport handled 38,299,288 passengers during the first half of 2015.
The top five country destinations in terms of total passenger volumes in H1 were India (5,677,188), Saudi Arabia (3,213,868), the UK (2,850,437), Pakistan (2,134,012) and the US (1,626,032).
Aircraft movements in the first half totalled 207,439, up 3.8 per cent compared to 199,820 recorded during the corresponding period last year. In June aircraft movements totalled 32,368, up 0.6 per cent compared to 32,166 during June of last year.
“We’ve had a record first half and the second half is underway with what could be a banner month thanks to the start of the holiday season in July and the week-long break for the Islamic festival of Eid Al Fitr,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
“In July we have seen very high volumes, particularly in connecting traffic as vacationers increasingly choose Dubai as an intercontinental hub as well as being a popular destination in itself. We deployed additional staff at touchpoints across the airport and launched the Hangout@DXB campaign to reach out to travellers, keeping them informed of the latest events, and travel tips to make their journey easier.”