Dubai International Airport (DXB) set a new record in monthly traffic last July. The airport saw a 5.9% growth in passenger traffic to hit 8,065,789 million people passing through the airport in the month of July. This is compared to 7,616,792 million handled in July 2016. DXB bas seen 51,120,057 million passengers pass through in the first half of 2017, up 6.2% compared to the same period last year.
July passenger traffic was slightly above the previous record of 8.04 million passengers in a single month, which DXB set in January 2017.
“We have started the second half of the year on a very positive note,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airport. “With the Islamic festival of Eid Al Adha coinciding with the summer rush later this month, the upward trend is expected to remain strong in the third quarter.”
Despite the passenger numbers increased in July, the number of flights actually decreased. The number of flight movements, or landings and takeoffs, fell 4.7% to 34,181. The number of passengers per movement increased 10.1% to 243.
Analysts say that the traffic surge is consistent with route expansion from Emirates and flydubai. Emirates, for example, launched three new routes to bring its network to 157 destinations in 84 countries.
“Led by Emirates’ continued rapid organic expansion and greater route proliferation by flydubai, Dubai International is well on its way to cementing another record-breaking year and expands its leadership as the world’s busiest international gateway,” said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at Strategic Aero Research.
India kept its #1 spot in the list of top destination countries from DXB, welcoming 1,028,508 passengers. India was followed by the UK and Saudi Arabia. By traffic volume, the most popular destinations from DXB were London, Kuwait, Mumbai, Bangkok, and Riyadh.
South America was the fastest growing region in July, growing 59%. It was followed by Asia, with 20% growth; Eastern Europe with 16.3% growth, and Africa, with 9.1% growth.
Air cargo handled by the airport also increased. DXB handled 312,258 tons of cargo, which is 5% higher than the same month last year.