Dubai International passenger traffic up 19% in April

Dubai International Airport
Dubai airport witnesses passenger growth

Dubai International witnessed passenger traffic cross the five million mark once again in April.

The airport handled 5,418,946 passengers, an 18.7% increase compared to 4,566,673 during the same period in 2012. So far this year, passenger traffic at the airport has increased by 16.3% to 21,905,363 compared to 18,828,279 recorded in the first four months of 2012.

The top destination countries for the airport in April included India with a total of 672,557 passengers, followed by the UK (419,053) and Saudi Arabia (405,695) while Doha (207,146), London (201,587) and Jeddah (151,517) were the top destination cities.

“It is very clear that our growth rate has picked up and that should continue at a similar pace into the next quarter and beyond. Given the central role aviation plays in a country’s GDP, this also bodes well for the increasingly robust local economy,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

The largest increase in total passenger numbers was recorded on the Western European routes (up 207,120 passengers), followed by the GCC (up 180,600), and the Indian subcontinent (up 160,372). In terms of percentage growth, Eastern Europe led the way (up 56.5%) followed by Asia Pacific (up 30.7%) and Asia (up 24.5%).

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