Dubai Int'l sees 17% rise in freight volumes in June

Year to date cargo totalled 1,232,861, up 1.7% compared to 1,212,444 during the first six months in 2014, according to Dubai Airports.
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Freight volumes at Dubai International Airport (DXB) increased 17.2% to 217,896 compared to 185,842 tonnes recorded in June 2014.

Year to date cargo totalled 1,232,861, up 1.7% compared to 1,212,444 during the first six months in 2014.

The airpport also welcomed 5.9 million passengers in June, an increase of 16.7% compared to the same month last year, its operator Dubai Airprots said on Wednesday.

Year to date traffic surged 10.4% to reach 38,299,291, compared to 34,676,090 during the first half of 2014.

The increase in traffic during June can be attributed to the runway refurbishment project between May and July last year during which the airport was reduced to a single runway operation.

The surge in traffic was countered by a drop in number of passengers during the holy month of Ramadan which fell in June this year.

Regionally, traditional markets such as the Indian subcontinent (up 281,393 passengers) and the GCC (up 154,294) led the growth followed by Western Europe (up 121,919).

Propelled by flydubai’s new services to Slovakia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Croatia, as well as Emirates to Hungary and Smart Wings to Czech Republic, Eastern Europe (up 75.9%) was the top region in terms of percentage growth.

Dubai International recorded total aircraft movements of 32,114, up 45.8% compared to 22,031 recorded during June 2014.

“The seasonal travel rush hit its first peak in late June and like every year we were ready with our annual summer campaign and additional resources to ease passenger journey through our airport. We are very satisfied with the growth numbers in the first half of the year and anticipate the growth trend to continue throughout the remainder of second half to help us reach our annual forecast of over 79 million passengers,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

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