Dubai International posts 9.2% growth as April traffic tops 7.6 million


Dubai International (DXB) welcomed more than 7.6 million passengers in April, according to its operator Dubai Airports.

Passenger numbers reached 7,622,946 in April, up 9.2% compared to 6,979,063 recorded during the same month in 2016.

Following four months of robust growth, the year-to-date traffic reached 30,119,542 compared to 27,926,958 passengers during the corresponding period last year, an uplift of 7.8%.

In terms of percentage growth, South America topped the list during April with traffic on routes to the region surging 38.9%, followed by Eastern Europe (33.9%) and Asia (18.9%).

The Indian subcontinent outperformed all regions in terms of volume with 1,694,476 passengers, followed by Western Europe (1,677,144), and the GCC (1,301,785).

London was the top city destination with 350,015 passengers in April, followed by Doha (290,524), Jeddah (196,673), Bangkok (192,981) and Mumbai (191,183).

Total flight movements in April were up 1% year-on-year to 35,285. Year-to-date flight movements totaled 140,611, edging up 0.3% compared to the first four months of 2016.

During April, the average number of passengers per movement was 225, an upswing of 7.1% compared to 210 recorded during the same month in 2016.

“The growth at DXB has been very satisfying in the first four months of the year, and with the Islamic festival of Eid Al Fitr coinciding with start of the summer holidays next month, we are confident the numbers will boost our performance in the first half,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.