Dubai International's traffic climbs 15%
Dubai International’s passenger traffic surpassed the four million mark for the second consecutive month in November and for the third time in 2010, according to data released by Dubai Airports.
The airport handled a total of 4,070,296 passengers, up 15.1% from the 3,535,882 in November 2009.
Year to date passenger numbers reached 42,921,782, compared to the 37,123,392 recorded in the corresponding period in 2009, an increase of 15.6%.
Routes to and from the Indian subcontinent (+120,534), GCC countries (+103,536) and Western Europe (+90,550 passengers) recorded the largest increases in passenger numbers.
International freight volumes rose 0.3% to 192,405 tonnes in November, compared to 191,897 tonnes the previous year.
Year to date, Dubai cargo throughout has risen 19.3% to 2,081,024 tonnes, compared to 1,744,645 during the corresponding period in 2009.
“We are crossing a new traffic threshold, with our average monthly passenger numbers for 2010 shooting up by over 500,000 passengers per month to 3.9 million,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said.
“Based on our current growth rates and our projections for next year, the four million passenger number should become the norm in 2011.
"Our New Year’s resolution is to efficiently manage that growth by augmenting capacity on the ground and in the air while continuing to enhance service levels across the airport.”