Dubai International Airport brings in more than 66 million passengers
Annual passenger traffic rises by 15.2 per cent in 2013
January 30, 2014 2:08 by kippreport
The Dubai International Airport experienced a large growth in passengers in 2013, registering annual passenger traffic of 66,431,533, which is an increase of 15.2 per cent compared to 2012, according to operator Dubai Airports annual reports. The most notable part of this growth was December, when the record-breaking passenger numbers reached the six million mark for the first time with 6,047,126 – an increase of 13.6 per cent compared with the same month in 2012.
The airport is the world’s second busiest international hub because of its large number of wide-body jets, with the average number of passengers rising to 198 per aircraft in 2013 (up by 4.5 per cent since 2012), and because of its annual passenger traffic within the airport itself. Furthermore, aircraft movements in 2013 reached 369,953 rising to 7.5 per cent, as opposed to 344,245 in 2012.
With 28 new passenger destinations in the largely expanding network of Dubai’s local airlines, the total passenger destinations served by flydubai and Emirates came to 239 last year.
Dubai’s aviation sector in 2013 can be “highlighted by the successful opening of Concourse A, the world’s largest and only facility purpose built for the Airbus A380; the launch of passenger services at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central; and a record-breaking air show that featured aircraft orders exceeding $200 billion – the bulk of which was placed by Dubai’s flag carriers,” as mentioned by Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports.
Dubai’s largest destination country remains India, as its year-on-year growth of 8,401,253 passengers rose to 14.3 per cent in 2013, compared with 7,347,270 passengers in 2012. The UK followed with 5,099,843 passengers, with a 19 per cent rise in 2013, as well as Saudi Arabia with 4,825,114 passengers and a rise of 34.2 per cent.
This year is set to be another busy time for Dubai’s aviation sector as its traffic growth, network expansion and ongoing enlargement and upgrade of its facilities and runways continues to be a factor in its success.