Dubai International witnessed a surge in international passenger numbers and cargo, which exceeded the 4.5 million mark, according to the August traffic report issued by airport operator Dubai Airports. According to the report, passenger traffic at Dubai International surged 20% from 4,019,230 in August 2011 to reach 4,847,152 this August.
The high growth rate can be attributed largely to a lower base caused by fluctuating travel patterns during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in August 2011. Year to date passenger numbers reached 37,784,946, up 13.4% over the 33,311,157 recorded during the corresponding period last year.
In August, the AGCC was highest in the list of regions for growth in passenger numbers (+252,084), followed by Western Europe (+193,945), the Indian subcontinent (+118,672), and Africa (+69,384). The top regions in terms of percentage growth in traffic included South America (97.8%), the AGCC (47.8%), and Russia & CIS (37.4%).
Aircraft movements during August reached 27,986, up 8.3% from 25,845 recorded during the corresponding month in 2011. During the first eight months of the year aircraft movements totalled 226,064, up 6.4% from 221,383 posted during the corresponding period in 2011.