Over 6.9 million passengers travel through Dubai International in February

Posted: 13-Apr-18 08:58

Known as the busiest airport in the world, Dubai International reached a sum of almost 7 million passengers in February 2018. Although this figure shows a decline of 0.3 percent in comparison to the previous year, DXB stays on top of the list in passenger flow, as markets like Eastern Europe and South America continue to grow.

Over 6.9 million passengers travel through Dubai International in February

The primary international airport serving Dubai in United Arab Emirates, DXB is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. In February 2018, Dubai International welcomed nearly seven million passengers from all corners of the world, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. In total, 6,928,547 travellers made their way through DXB terminals during the second month of the year.

This figure fell short of the 6,948,157 passengers recorded during February 2017, representing a small decline of 0.3 per cent. In general terms, Dubai International Airport’s passenger flux also dropped slightly, as the year to date traffic reached 14,888,693 passengers, down 0.6 per cent compared to 14,985,165 recorded during the first two months of 2017.

Similarly, flight movements at DXB were down 3.2 per cent, with a total of 31,456 in February compared to 32,486 during the same period in 2017. Year-to-date flight movements totalled 66,762 compared to 69,078 recorded during the first two months last year, down 3.4 per cent.

Nevertheless, DXB remains unquestionably the world’s most visited air terminals and has seen progress in other areas. The average number of passengers per movement during February reached 228 compared to 223 during the corresponding month in 2017, an increase of 2.2 per cent. In terms of percentage growth Eastern Europe was the fastest expanding market with traffic growing 17.6 per cent, followed by South America (13.3 per cent) and CIS (12.1 per cent). India remained the top destination country by passenger volume with a total of 962,425 passengers during the month.

The UK also held a relevant place in the airport’s passenger figures. Britain was placed second with 505,255 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia with 490,058 and Pakistan with 336,875 passengers. UK capital, London topped the list of destination cities with 305,768 passengers, followed by Mumbai in India (207,038 passengers), and Bangkok in Thailand (201,077).

Situated in the Al Garhoud district, Dubai International Airport is also the third-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic the sixth-busiest cargo airport in the world, the busiest airport for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 movements, and the busiest airport in the world operating with only two runways. In 2017, DXB handled 88 million passengers, 2.65 million tonnes of cargo and registered 409,493 aircraft movements.

Just 2.9 miles (4.6 km) east of Dubai and spread over an area of 2,900 hectares (7,200 acres) of land, DXB is operated by the Dubai Airports Company and is the home base of Dubai's international airlines, Emirates and flydubai. Terminal 3 is the second-largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world.


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