Dubai International Airport saw passenger traffic reaching an historic 47.2 million, up 15.3 per cent for 2010. The figure, which was more than the 46.1 million originally projected for the year, also beat the 40.9 million from 2009. According to the annual traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, December passenger numbers reached 4.2 million, an increase of 11.6 per cent compared to 3.8 million recorded during the same month the previous year. In terms of monthly traffic, the airport crossed the four million mark for the third consecutive month in December, and for the fourth time in 2010. “The key to our success has been our coordinated and supportive approach to aviation,” said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. “Dubai has a model, unlike Europe and elsewhere, that recognises aviation’s strategic importance and promotes growth in the sector. It starts with an open skies policy, competitive rates and a tax-free environment that has attracted over 130 airlines to Dubai and extends to strategic investments in top-flight aviation infrastructure that promote high service standards and sustain rapid growth. This combined with our geocentric location, which can effectively connect any two major cities in the world, will drive further expansion and continued benefits to consumers across the globe.” Dubai is expecting the growth story to continue in 2011 with passenger numbers expected to surge another 11 per cent to 52.2 million.