Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Dubai International Airport sees 5.5% increase in 2017 passenger traffic

Dubai International Airport sees 5.5% increase in 2017 passenger traffic

Dubai International Airport maintained its position as the busiest airport in 2017 for international passenger numbers, with a 5.5 percent increase from the previous year.

India continued to be the single largest source market country with 12.06 million passengers using the airport, up 5.4 per cent. While Indians lead the charts, British passengers followed at the second place with 6.5 million passengers and Saudis taking the third position with 6.4 million passengers.

Markets showing the biggest growth past year were Russian Federation with a 28 percent increase in passenger numbers to 1,339,534 and China which jumped 19.4 percent to 2,212,179. Thailand, bolstered by additional capacity deployed by Emirates, also registered robust growth (+15.2%) with passenger numbers reaching 2.4 million in 2017.

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London retained its position as the top destination city with 4,011,598 passengers, followed by Mumbai with 2,477,771 passengers and Jeddah with 2,113,820 passengers.

The pledge was signed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group, and representatives from Emirates airline, flydubai, dnata, Dubai Police, Dubai Customs and Dubai's General Directory of Residency and Foreign Affairs.

South America (+36.1%), Eastern Europe (+25.3%) and Asia (+17.9%) emerged as the top regions, predominantly due to the network expansion of carriers such as Emirates.

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Annual cargo volumes grew 2.4 per cent to 2.7 million tonnes.

It was the number one choice, for the fourth consecutive year, for passenger traffic.

And it's catching up with the world's busiest airport overall... "Lastly the Dubai Airshow was a massive success with record orders of $113 billion and a special Gala Dinner made unforgettable by Jennifer Lopez's performance".

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This year, growth will slow to around 2.4 per cent with the airport forecasting it would handle 90.3 million passengers.

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