Dubai International Airport has reported record traffic volumes for January 2013, beating both the previous year’s figures and setting a new record for the greatest number of passengers in a calendar month.
Traffic reports issued by Dubai Airports this week showed that 5,559,760 passengers passed through the airport in January – the first time that the figure has ever passed the 5.5 million mark. The figure is also 14.6% higher than the same period last year, when 4,852,139 passengers were recorded.
There was a similar story with the number of aircraft movements, which climbed 5.6% on January 2012, to 21,332. A great result for the airport, as the 29,680 movements in 2012 was itself a record.
Virtually all markets saw an increase in holiday traffic, as Dubai welcomes ever increasing numbers of tourists; however, some of this year’s increase is being put down to the many visitors who arrived to take part in the Dubai Shopping Festival.
The airport also saw increases in the number of routes and destinations it serves, with new routes and expansion of other services.
One of the areas of largest growth over the last twelve months has been within the Middle East. Since last year’s record-breaking January, new flights to Saudi Arabia have been added by Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines, driving a large increase in traffic from the country. Emirates’ flights from Dubai International now include links to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh, whilst Saudi Arabian Airlines added routes to Medina and Riyadh.
Commenting on the impressive results, Dubai International chief executive, Paul Griffiths, said: “January’s record passenger numbers confirm that the growth trajectory recorded last year has continued into 2013 and Dubai Airports has taken another steady stride towards the 98 million passengers a year we expect to pass through our airport by the end of the decade.”