Dubai International recently announced is traffic report for October 2013. Passenger traffic in October totalled 5,667,698, up 15.1% from 4,923,246 recorded during the same month in 2012. The year to date traffic climbed 15.9% to 55,046,863 compared to 47,488,586 recorded during the corresponding period last year.
Western Europe recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers in October (+159,278 passengers), followed by the AGCC (+132,169), the Indian subcontinent (+126,150 passengers), and Africa (+67,884 passengers).
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said that growth in passenger traffic at Dubai International has been better than expected so far this year and that the airport is on track to exceed the projected annual figure of 65.4 million by a margin. “The ongoing expansion of Dubai’s aviation infrastructure is in preparation to welcome that growth,” he said.
The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth* were Eastern Europe (+55.5%) mainly driven by Emirates operations, followed by Australasia (41.3%); Russia and CIS (+22.7%), and Asia Pacific (+21.4%).
Aircraft movements in October rose 9.1% to 32,279 from 29,578 recorded during the same month in 2012. The year to date movements totaled 305,596, up 7.8% from 283,551 movements between January and October 2012.