UAE's Dubai Airports reported (05-Sep-2012) monthly passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport exceeded five million for the first time in Jul-2012, surpassing the previous record of 4.85 million in Jan-2012. Jul-2012 passenger numbers increased 6% year-on-year to 5.0 million with the largest regional traffic growth in terms of total passenger numbers recorded on routes to/from Western Europe (+106,926), Africa (+41,990), the Indian subcontinent (+41,706), and Asia (+40,840). Regions with the highest percentage growth included South America (82.6%), Russia and CIS (38.6%), and Australasia (16.4%). Cargo volume in Jul-2012 increased 6.2% to 204,510 tonnes while aircraft movements increased 2.4% to 27,829. [more - original PR]
Dubai Airports: “This is yet another record for Dubai International and one that we had anticipated based on the growth trends in the first half of the year. Since 2009 average monthly traffic at Dubai International has skyrocketed from just under 3.5 million in 2009 to over 4.7 million in 2012. This clearly signals our emergence as a leading global hub,” Paul Griffiths, CEO. Source: Company statement, 05-Sep-2012.