Dubai International Airport passenger numbers climb ever higher

Passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport rose by 7.2 per cent year on year in May to 6.7 million, led by a surge from the Arabian Gulf and eastern Europe.

During the first five months of the year, Dubai International welcomed 34.6 million passengers through the airport, a 7 per cent increase on the 32.3 million passengers during the same period a year ago.

Eastern Europe was the fastest-growing source market in May, rising by 16.6 per cent, followed by travellers from the Gulf, up 16.3 per cent, and Asia, up 10 per cent.

India was the biggest source country, providing more than 980,000 visitors, followed by Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Pakistan.

“With near-record numbers expected in the coming weeks as a result of the seasonal ­travel peak, we are looking at solid growth for the first half of 2016,” said Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai ­Airports.

“Our focus is on maintaining and enhancing service levels, despite the high volumes,” he said.

Cargo volume through the airport increased by 4.7 per cent in May to more than 226,000 tonnes compared with more than 216,000 tonnes in May last year.

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