- Passenger numbers: 4.8 million, +15.4% year-on-year;
- Cargo volume: 186,417 tonnes, +0.3%;
- Aircraft movements: 29,276, +5.8%;
- 3 months ended Mar-2012:
- Passenger numbers: 14.3 million, +16.1%;
- Cargo volume: 517,440 tonnes, +1.1%;
- Aircraft movements: 86,014, +7.9%.
Dubai International Airport passenger numbers up 15.4% in Mar-2012, cargo stable
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