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Dubai International Airport reports record passenger growth in March


Dubai International Airport reports record passenger growth in March

All in all it’s been a great first quarter forDubai International Airport, with passenger traffic increasing by a healthy 11.4 percent to 18.36 million people. According to a spokesperson for Dubai Airports, the increase in traffic was especially driven by expanding flight routes from the airline Emirates, as well as the ever increasing influence of flydubai, Dubai’s low-cost airline who recently announced five new destinations, three of them in India and two in Khasakstan.

March was an especially busy month for the airport, with more than six million passengers passed through, a record for the month, being the third time in four months that monthly traffic has soared above the six million passenger mark.

Passenger traffic in March only reached 6,285,868, an increase of 7.5% from the same month last year, while the quarter showed an increase of 11.4% from the 16,486,417 passengers that arrived in Dubai in the first quarter of 2013.

Showing the highest growth in incoming and outgoing passengers was the subcontinent of India, followed by Western Europe, the Gulf States and Asia.

The effect of the Emirates airline partnership agreement with Qantas, now a year old is being increasingly felt at Dubai International Airport, with Australasia becoming the most rapidly expanding market in terms of percentage growth, at more than twenty percent, followed by North America at just under twenty percent and Asia at around 15%.

Total aircraft movements in March reached 32,849, up 3.6% from the 31,713 in the same month last year, while total aircraft movements for the quarter were 94,694, up 3.9% from the first quarter of 2013.

Despite the rosy overall picture, Dubai International Airport is about to experience a downturn in traffic over the coming months due to a planned project of construction on their airport runways, which is planned to last around three months.

Plans are in place to reduce the number of flights that the airport will be handling during the renovation period by around 25 percent, with the cutbacks already having come gradually into effect from the beginning of May. To make life easier for travellers to Dubai during this time, Dubai’s recently completed Al Maktoum Airport that will be handling some of the traffic.

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