Dubai International Airport is aiming to become the world’s third busiest airport for international traffic by the end of this year, it has announced. The ambitious target, which would overtake current number three Hong Kong International, has been set following the airport’s record July figures, which jumped 9.7% to 4.7 million passengers compared to last year. “Dubai International is currently ranked as the fourth busiest airport worldwide for international passenger traffic. However, we are hot on the heels of Hong Kong International, and aspire to take over the number three spot by the end of the year,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. Dubai International is projected to handle 51 million passengers by the end of this year and reach 98 million by 2020. Its largest growth in July was seen on routes from the Indian subcontinent, Western Europe and North America. “This latest milestone further illustrates Dubai International’s emergence as a preeminent global hub,” said Griffiths. “Not only did we set a new record, we surpassed the previous high point by over 400,000 passengers. Dubai International offers more flights to more destinations by more airlines than ever before which has had an almost exponential effect on connectivity and customer choice. Combined with Dubai’s burgeoning attractiveness as a centre for business and tourism, this is sure to fuel future expansion.” Dubai has already overtaken Frankfurt into fourth place in the list of world’s busiest airports by international passengers. Heathrow is first, with Paris’ Charles de Gaulle in second.