27-Jan-2011 11:50 AM

Dubai passenger traffic up 15.3% in 2010 in new record

Dubai Airports reports Dubai International Airport passengers traffic up 15.3% - traffic highlights in 2010 (TradeArabia News Service/Bloomberg, 26-Jan-2011):

  • Passenger numbers: 47.2 million, +15.3%;
  • Air cargo: 2.27 million tonnes, +17.7%.

Dubai Airports stated the annual traffic figure was 2.4% above the 46.1 million originally forecast for 2010, and stressed that annual freight volumes are quickly approaching Dubai’s 2.5 million tonnes of capacity, which the company stated should elevate the importance of Dubai World Central. Dubai Airports expects passenger traffic to increase 11% in 2011 to 52.2 million, exceeding 50 million passengers for the first time.

In Dec-2010, Dubai Airports announced the following highlights at Dubai International:

  • Passenger numbers: 4.2 million, +11.6%;
  • Air cargo: 182,874 tonnes, +2.9%.

Dec-2010 marks the fourth consecutive month in which the airport handled more than 4.0 million passengers.

Dubai Airports: “The key to our success has been our coordinated and supportive approach to aviation. Dubai has a model, unlike Europe and elsewhere, that recognises aviation’s strategic importance and promotes growth in the sector. It starts with an open skies policy, competitive rates and a tax-free environment that has attracted over 130 airlines to Dubai and extends to strategic investments in top-flight aviation infrastructure that promote high service standards and sustain rapid growth. This combined with our geocentric location, which can effectively connect any two major cities in the world, will drive further expansion and continued benefits to consumers across the globe.” Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman. Source: TradeArabia News Service, 26-Jan-2011.

Dubai Airports: “It was a year in which we celebrated many milestones. We surpassed our growth projections, ushered in Dubai’s status as a twin-airport city with the opening of Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International in June and celebrated Dubai International’s 50th anniversary. The growth story continues in 2011 with passenger numbers expected to surge another 11% to 52.2 million. As a result, we have plans to boost capacity on the ground and in the air to ensure we can accommodate the growth while improving service across the airport.” Paul Griffiths, CEO. Source: TradeArabia News Service, 26-Jan-2011.

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