Dubai International Airport is enjoying a record year so far in 2011 in terms of passenger growth and is on its way to becoming the second busiest airport in the world.

Passenger traffic at the world’s fourth largest airport grew by 7.3 percent year-on-year in October to 4.3 million despite a drop in travelers for the Middle East region due to the ongoing political unrest.

Through the first ten months of the year, passenger numbers totalled 41,855,561, an increase of 7.7 percent over the corresponding period in 2010.

In October, Dubai International achieved yet another milestone by passing the 50 million passenger mark over a 12-month period for the first time.’

The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Russia & CIS (+33.9 percent), the GCC (+29.9 percent) as a result of Saudi Arabian traffic growth, North America (+16.1 percent) and South America (+15.4 percent).