DXB figures show impressive resilience in Q1

Cargo traffic rises by 3.5% year-on-year in March.
March's cargo figures reflect a stronger performance from the Middle East in comparison to the rest of the world.
March's cargo figures reflect a stronger performance from the Middle East in comparison to the rest of the world.

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Dubai International Airport has bucked the global trend for falling freight and passenger traffic by posting positive results for the first quarter of this year.

Over the three-month period, cargo traffic rose marginally from 423,291 tonnes to 425,172 tonnes in comparison to the same period last year. However, March’s figures saw an impressive rise, with results up by almost 3.5% against a year ago. Passenger traffic rose by 2% over the first-quarter period.

Dubai Airports claims that these results make the region’s largest hub the only airport among the world’s top 10 busiest airports, in terms of international passenger volumes, to show positive growth both in the last quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009.

“The results reaffirm Dubai’s position in the region, not only as the regional centre for tourism and business, but also an important aviation hub,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

“I am hopeful we will grow steadily over the remainder of the year despite the global economic slowdown, and any recovery will only add to that growth,” Griffiths added.

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