* Passenger traffic up 9.4 per cent to 6.58 million people
* Saudi Arabia was the second largest source with 469,483 passengers
* Airport handled 234,743 tonnes of cargo in November
Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, rose 9.4 per cent in November from a year earlier to 6.58 million people, the airport’s operator said on Wednesday.
In the first 11 months of 2016, traffic grew 7.0 per cent to 75.95m people. The increase was partly due to growth in flights to and from India, after carriers including Spice Jet, Jet Airways and Air India launched new services and increased capacity this year.
The South Asian country was followed by Saudi Arabia (469,483 passengers), the UK (465,385), and Pakistan (308,071).
Dubai airport handled 234,743 tonnes of cargo in November, an increase of 7.5 per cent, while volume in the first 11 months rose 3.3 percent to 2.36m tones.
Aircraft movements in November totalled 34,692, up 2.7 per cent compared to 33,787 recorded during the same month in 2015. The year to date aircraft movements totalled 382,155 compared to 371,103 recorded during the period under review in 2015, a growth of 2.9 per cent, a statement from the operator said.
“We are very pleased with the overall growth at DXB in general and passenger traffic in particular, with average monthly traffic nearing 7 million passengers this year. Considering the seasonal rush of travellers we experienced at DXB during the holiday season in December, we are all set to achieve impressive annual growth yet again,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
(With inputs from Reuters)
Source: Press Release