High volumes and steady growth continued at Dubai International in April with more than 6.5 million passengers passing through the airport, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.
Passenger numbers rose 5.7 per cent to 6,510,653 up from 6,159,634 in April 2014. This is the third time in the first four months that monthly traffic at the hub has surpassed the 6.5 million mark. During the first four months of 2014, Dubai International welcomed 26,116,980 passengers, compared to 24,521,454 passengers during the same period last year, an increase of 6.5 per cent.
Eastern Europe achieved the highest growth rate during April with routes to the region registering a surge of 74.6 per cent, driven mainly by flydubai’s new services to Slovakia, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Croatia, and Emirates service to Hungary and Transavia airline to Bulgaria. Other regions that registered high growth rates include North America (17.9 per cent) – where Emirates has increased capacity on many destinations and launched a new route to Chicago – and the Indian subcontinent (12.6 per cent). Political and economic instability continued to affect traffic on Russian and the CIS routes (-27.6 per cent).
In terms of passenger numbers the Indian subcontinent outperformed the rest of the regions (+167,652 passengers), followed by the GCC (+92,069 passengers), and Western Europe (65,175).
Total aircraft movements reached 33,279 in April 2014, climbing 6.5 per cent from 31,234 movements recorded in April last year. In the first four months of the year, total aircraft movements rose 6 per cent to 133,493 movements from 125,928 recorded in the same period in 2014. The average number of passengers per movement was 206.2 during April down by 3.3 per cent from April 2014, while the year-to-date (April) average was 206.4 passengers, down by 2 per cent from the same period last year.
Dubai International recorded freight volumes totalling 204,075 in April, a contraction of 3.6 per cent compared to 211,588* tonnes recorded in April 2014. Year to date cargo totalled 798,771, a contraction of 4.7 per cent compared to 837,837 during the first four months in 2014. The decline is caused by the shift of all freighter cargo operations to DWC last year.
“Traffic grew steadily in the first four months of the year and the trend looks set to continue throughout the first half, especially with the summer travel peak just round the corner,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
“We are again expecting record traffic levels at Dubai International this summer and again we will be deploying additional resources from the kerb to the boarding gates to ease the flow of passengers through our facility,” he added.
Dubai Airports has also released its smart travel tips to enhance passenger experience.
Smart Travel Tips
- Be sure to check which airport and terminal you are departing from/arriving into beforehand. Passengers can confirm with their airline or check www.dubaiairports.ae
- Don’t forget to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control. Take into consideration daily rush hours and vehicular traffic around the airport and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport.
- Check with your airline in advance for information on your baggage allowance. Irrespective of the allowance, a single unit of baggage weighing more than 32kgs will not be accepted at check-in. You should expect to be charged for baggage in excess of the limit set by the airline.
- It is always simpler to pack liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in your check-in baggage. However, if you have to carry LAGs in your hand luggage, make sure they are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.
- Remember to put anything metal – watch, jewellery, mobile phone, coins, belt – into your hand luggage well before you arrive at the X-ray machine. This will save time at security screening.
- Beat the queues by checking-in online (where possible) or using the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall. Customers with baggage can make use of the quick-baggage drop counters, while those carrying only hand luggage can proceed directly to immigration.
- Using the e-Gate card helps avoid queuing at passport control, both while arriving and on departure. An eGate Card can be obtained from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs whose office/counters in the departure areas of all terminals at Dubai International are open 24/7.