Passenger numbers at Dubai International continued their rapid ascent in May as the airport welcomed 6.2 million customers, up 23.2 percent from the same period last year, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.
Passenger numbers rose 23.2 per cent to 6,267,640 compared to the 5,086,910 handled in May 2014 when the airport was reduced to one runway while a billion dollar refurbishment programme was conducted over an 80 day span. During the first five months of 2015, Dubai International welcomed 32,384,620 passengers, compared to 29,608,364 passengers during the same period last year, an increase of 9.4 per cent.
Eastern Europe continued to be the fastest growing region in May up 85.4 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 the Indian subcontinent (33.8 per cent), GCC (31.1 per cent) and North America (28 per cent) – where Emirates has increased capacity on many destinations and launched a new route to Chicago.
In terms of total passenger numbers the Indian subcontinent outperformed the rest of the regions (+372,587 passengers), followed by the GCC (+248,919 passengers), and Western Europe (172,830).
The number of flights rose dramatically in May to 34,017, an increase of 48.8 per cent from 22,856 recorded during May 2014 due to the effect of the runway closure. Year to date flight movements reached 167,510, up 12.6 per cent from 148,784 aircraft movements recorded during the same period last year.
Dubai International freight volumes rose 15.5 percent in May to 216,712 tonnes compared to 187,688 tonnes in May 2014 as volumes were impacted by the runway programme. During the first five months of 2015 Dubai International has handled cargo totalled 1,015,482 tonnes of freight down 1.0 percent from 1,025,526 tonnes handled during the same period last year.
“The summer peak is upon us and we are thrilled to have both of our upgraded runways in full operation,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “We expect record traffic levels and have boosted our staff levels, including our May I Help You personnel, to help passengers move as effortlessly as possible through the facility. We have also launched “Hang Out at DXB” which is a fun way to encourage passengers to arrive to the airport early to support on time operations and enjoy the wide array of dining, shopping and relaxation options we have on offer.”
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.