Dubai passenger traffic up 13.2% YoY in April

Air freight tonnage increases by 5.6%.
Dubai's passenger traffic jumped in April.
Dubai's passenger traffic jumped in April.

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Passenger traffic at Dubai International jumped 13.2% year on year in April.

The number of passengers reached 4.23 million, compared with 3.74 million last year.

The large increase was partially down to last year’s Icelandic volcano, which caused the cancellation of flights into and out of Western Europe.

The amount of freight that passed through the airport in April was 179,397 tonnes, a jump of 5.6% from 169,902 tonnes last year.

Aircraft movements reached 26,597 in April, 6.7% up from last year’s figure of 24,917.

“We have surpassed the four million passenger mark three out of the first four months of the year and that trend is set to continue,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

“Our busiest summer ever is just around the corner and we will be working hard to maintain high service levels and ensure the comfort of our customers. That includes the activation of our Summer Mission programme which deploys additional customer service personnel to help passengers pass quickly and smoothly through our airport.”

Year to date passenger traffic stands at 16.5 million, an increase of 8.5% over the corresponding period in 2010.

The year to date freight volume has reached 686,679 tonnes, a contraction of 0.3 per cent compared to 688,537 tonnes for the corresponding period last year.

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