As per recent traffic statistics issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic at Dubai International rose 13.1% for September. Passenger traffic in September totalled 5,407,326, an increase to 4,780,394 during the corresponding month in 2012.
Year to date traffic is up 16% to 49,379,165 compared to 42,565,340 recorded during the first nine months of 2012. Aircraft movements totalled 30,746 during September, an increase of 10.2% from the 27,909 recorded during the same period last year. Passengers per aircraft movement in September came in at 193.
All regions recorded positive growth in September with the exception of South America (-6.9%). Among the strongest markets in terms of percentage* passenger growth were Eastern Europe (+65.1%). Passenger traffic to and from Australasia rose 38.6% as a result of Emirates’ expansion and Qantas’ new operation. On a country level, Australia (+41.7%), France (+23.7%), Saudi Arabia (+22.4%), Thailand (+21.8%) and the UK (+21.7%) saw the largest increases.
In terms of overall passenger numbers, Western Europe traffic took over as the top market (+14.8%) during the month. AGCC came in second thanks to 15% year-on-year passenger traffic growth. The Indian subcontinent, took third spot and continued to show positive growth (+9.8%).