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DXB cements int. pax top spot as traffic up 5.5%

06 February 2018

DXB's traffic in 2017 was over 88.2 million passengers - with record-breaking months in January, July and August. Dubai International, the world's busiest airport for international travellers, would need to handle about 99 million passengers in 2019 to reach double-digit growth.

Six new scheduled passenger airlines have been added during 2017, including SalamAir, Badr Airlines, and Air Moldova, while Emirates and flydubai added three and 10 new passenger destinations, increasing passenger traffic.

Paul Griffiths Dubai Airports
Paul Griffiths CEO Dubai Airports

Cargo rose by 2.4 percent to a record 2.65 million tonnes.

India was by far the largest country market for the airport with a 13.7 percent share of passenger numbers, or 12,060,435.

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Markets showing the biggest growth previous year were Russian Federation with a 28 percent increase in passenger numbers to 1,339,534 and China which jumped 19.4 percent to 2,212,179. Thailand, bolstered by additional capacity deployed by Emirates, also registered robust growth (+15.2%) with passenger numbers reaching 2.4 million in 2017. British passengers occupied the second position with 6.5 million passengers, overtaking Saudis who grabbed the third spot with 6.4 million passengers.

As per a data, the maximum number of visitors are Indians who continue to lead the position with 12.1 million passengers arriving at Dubai airport past year.

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While Dubai is the busiest for global passengers, Atlanta is still the busiest airport in the world with 103.9 million passengers. The airport is home to the long-haul carrier Emirates. The year witnessed the launch of WOW-Fi, the world's fastest free airport Wi-Fi, followed by free streaming movies for our passengers through our partnership with ICFlix. "Lastly the Dubai Airshow was a massive success with record orders of $113 billion and a special Gala Dinner made unforgettable by Jennifer Lopez's performance".

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DXB cements int. pax top spot as traffic up 5.5%