Dubai airport passenger traffic leaps 10.8% to 6.6 million in August

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Passenger traffic at Dubai International rebounded from a three-month drop resulting from a main runway improvement project which concluded last July 20, to record 6.6 million passengers in August 2014, according to a report.

Dubai airport passenger traffic leaps 10.8% to 6.6 million in August

Dubai airport passenger traffic leaps 10.8% to 6.6 million in August

The monthly passenger traffic at Dubai International arrived at 6,648,058 in August 2014, up 10.8% compared to 5,999,375 noted in the corresponding month in 2013.

The center went back to full equipped capacity in August following a runway improvement project that decreased the airport to a single runway for 80 days and cut capacity by 26%. The year to date passenger traffic as at the end of August totaled 46,479,919, an upsurge of 5.7% compared to the 43,971,839 passengers listed in the first eight months of 2013.

The top nations in terms of percentage intensification in traffic included North America (28.9%), and Asia (19.2%).

Aircraft movements during August totaled 31,214 movements, a trivial growth of 0.1% from the 31,198 recorded in the equivalent month in 2013. During the first eight months of 2014 aircraft movements totaled 227,110, down 6.4% from 242,571 movements recorded between January and August 2013, reflecting the impression of the runway closing period. Average passengers every movement in August rose to 219.7, up 5.2% from 208.9 listed in the similar month of 2013, reflecting a move by airlines to bigger aircraft.

The CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths stated that it is good to go back to stronger progress figures resulting from full capacity and continuing network development after being constricted to a one-runway operation for almost three months. The numbers are much more analytic of the development trend and they anticipate seeing for the rest of the year and will be vital in their trip to the top of the list of the world’s busiest global center.

Mohamed Dekkak