In October passenger traffic at Dubai International rose 4.4 per cent, helped by a boost in east European and North American travelers.
The Dubai airport, which toppled London’s Heathrow last year as the world’s busiest for international passengers, saw 6,250,810 passengers in October compared to 5,989,007 in the same period last year.
It is also the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the 6th busiest cargo airport in world and the busiest hub for the Airbus A380.
Dubai International (DXB)airport has grown to become a global aviation hub.
The airport has seen phenomenal growth in the past decade, which has come with the expansion of home carrier, Emirates airline, and its strategic location within an eight-hour radius from two-thirds of the world’s population. Moreover it provides 6,500 flights every week.
Dubai International airport is located in a built-up urban area, and to cater for expected growth the facility will be complemented by the larger, but more distant, Al Maktoum International Airport.
“Traffic continues its steady climb as we approach the end of what will be another record year for both cargo and passenger numbers”.
said Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports.
Dubai airport: a view on the busiest airports worldwide
In terms of overall traffic, the top four ranked positions are changing compared to 2013, with Atlanta continuing to be the world’s busiest airport with more than 96 million passengers.
While Beijing (+2.9%) was expected to close the gap, it no longer has double digit-growth as in previous years, placing it in second position.
Dubai (+6.1%) toppled London Heathrow (+1.4%) while Tokyo Haneda (+5.7%) preserves fourth position. Although Dubai it has actually become the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic. Dubai was just shy of reaching the 70 million international passenger mark by the end of 2014.
Los Angeles (+6%) has moved ahead of Chicago O’Hare (+4.6%), occupying the fifth rank.
Istanbul (+10.7%) remains one of the fastest growing airports among the world’s top 20 airports for passenger traffic, moving from 18th to 13th rank ahead of Amsterdam (+4.6%).
The world’s largest air cargo hub continues to be Hong Kong (+6%). Memphis (+2.9%) is in second followed by Shanghai Pudong (+8.6%) and Seoul Incheon (+3.8%) in third and fourth rank respectively.
Anchorage (+3%) moved up ahead of Dubai (-3.1%) to the sixth position. Chicago-O’Hare (-0.2%) has become the world’s busiest airport for aircraft movements following a decline in movements at the second ranked Atlanta (-4.7%) in 2014.
Los Angeles (+1.7%) and Dallas/Fort Worth (+0.3%) maintained the third and fourth ranked position respectively. Beijing (+2.5%) moved ahead of Denver (-2.9%).
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, said that it shipped its 35,000th tonnes of products through its “Cool Chain” refrigerated facility at Al Maktoum International Airport.
Products shipped through the facility included pharmaceuticals, fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood that range from Skipjack tuna from the Maldives to American lobster from Boston.
Emirates last month said that its freighter facility would handle 1 million tonnes of cargo annually by 2018, up from the current capacity of 810,000 tonnes.
Global air cargo volumes rose by just 0.5 per cent in October, according to data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata).
The Middle East remains the bright spot in global air freight with demand increasing by 8.3 per cent year-on-year.