Passenger traffic continued to grow steadily at Dubai International (DXB), with over 6.3 million passengers registered in February 2016.
According to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, passenger traffic reached 6,383,544 in February 2016, up 6.9 per cent from 5,973,727 registered during the same month in 2015.
This brings the total year to date passenger traffic at DXB to 13,711,181, an increase of 6.5 per cent from the first two months of 2015.
Eastern Europe was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+14.6 per cent), followed by the Indian subcontinent (+11.5 per cent), North America (+10.7 per cent) and the GCC (+7.9 per cent).
India remained the top destination country in February with a total of 885,298 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (485,570 passengers) and the UK (460,279 passengers). London topped the list of destination cities, followed by Doha and Mumbai.
Aircraft movements at DXB totalled 32,975 during the month under review, compared to 31,012 movements recorded in February 2015, up 6.3 per cent.
Freight volumes at DXB increased from 191,002 tonnes in February 2015 to 196,730 in February 2016, up 3.0 per cent.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “This steady growth in passenger numbers has coincided with the opening ofConcourse D in February, which increased DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers a year. Not only are we able to accommodate the rising passenger numbers, we have also boosted our service levels considerably.”
He added: “This month, we were deemed the third busiest airport in the world by ACI, moving up three places from last year’s ranking. Considering that we do not have domestic traffic, this is an important milestone. The continued rise in traffic at DXB is underpinned by our heavy investment in the infrastructure needed to facilitate growth for the 100 airlines that operate at our airport.”