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Dubai DXB Enjoys Strong Growth, Despite Flagship Troubles

Dubai Airport (DXB) reports 9.2 percent passenger growth in April, and 7.6 million passengers served, despite dramatic drops in profit for its home flagship Emirates.

Year to date traffic at Dubai Airport (DXB) reached 30,119,542 compared to 27,926,958 passengers during the corresponding period last year, an increase of 7.8 percent. The airport reports robust growth over the past four months.

New US travel policies, including the electronics ban, have eaten away at Emirates’ historic profitability, but the airline’s Dubai Hub is proving resilient.

“The growth at DXB has been very satisfying in the first four months of the year, and with the Islamic festival of Eid Al Fitr coinciding with start of the summer holidays next month, we are confident the numbers will boost our performance in the first half,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

  • Dubai Airports manages the operation and development of both of Dubai’s airports – DXB and DWC.
  • DXB is the world’s number one airport in terms of international passenger traffic and number three globally in terms of total passenger traffic as reported by Airports Council International.
  • DXB ranks second globally for international cargo traffic.
  • DWC ranks 20th globally for international cargo traffic.

Top Regions by Traffic Growth at Dubai Airport (DXB)

  • South America topped the list during April with traffic on routes to the region growing 38.9 per cent.
  • Eastern Europe grew by 33.9 percent
  • Asia grew by 18.9 percent

Top Regions by Passenger Numbers

  • The Indian subcontinent outperformed all regions in terms of volume with 1,694,476 passengers.
  • Western Europe 1,677,144 passengers
  • GCC 1,301,785 passengers.

Top Cities

  • London was the top city destination for DXB with 350,015 passengers in April.
  • Doha 290,524 passengers
  • Jeddah 196,673 passengers
  • Bangkok 192,981 passengers
  • Mumbai 191,183 passengers

Total flight movements reached 35,285 in April compared to 34,945* during the same month in 2016, up 1 percent. Year to date flight movements totalled 140,611, a marginal increase of 0.3 percent compared to 140,238 during the first four months of 2016.

During April, the average number of passengers per movement was 225, an increase of 7.1 percent compared to 210 recorded during the same month in 2016.

DXB handled 217,881 tonnes of freight in April compared to 213,790 in the same month last year, an increase of 1.9 percent. Year to date cargo totalled 854,359, up 3.1 percent compared to 828,934 tonnes handled during the corresponding period in 2016.

*Figures have been restated due to data validation exercise and/or update in methodology.

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