Passenger traffic in September reached 4,236,587, up 6.2 per cent compared to 3,988,804 recorded during the same month in 2010. The year to date traffic reached 37,547,744, an increase of 7.8 per cent over the corresponding period in 2010.
The AGCC recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers* in September (+169,445 passengers), followed by Western Europe (+36,916), the Indian subcontinent (+29,261 passengers), and Russia and the CIS (+23,431 passengers). The contraction in traffic on Middle Eastern routes continued in September (-53,368 passengers), while traffic on African routes was down slightly (-2,048 passengers).
The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were Russia (+33.9 per cent) driven by flydubai expansion in the region, the GCC (+31.9 per cent) as a result of growth in traffic to Saudi Arabia, Eastern Europe (+18.7 per cent) and North America (+17.6 per cent) as both demand and capacity increased on routes to Los Angeles, Houston and New York.
Aircraft movements for September totalled 26,860 up 6.8 per cent from 25,145 recorded during the same month in 2010.
Dubai International handled 177,128 tonnes of freight in September, a contraction of 5.5 per cent compared to 187,390 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2010 as volumes continue to reflect economic uncertainty and flagging consumer confidence. The year to date freight volumes reached 1,610,398 tonnes, a marginal decrease of 1.7 per cent compared to the 1,638,438 tonnes handled during the corresponding period last year.
“We have had a good year so far in terms of passenger traffic and with the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj just a few days away, we expect to see already robust passenger numbers surge over the coming weeks,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. “Customer service is always a top priority for us and we are well prepared to ensure smooth passenger flow across our terminals during Hajj. Like every year, Dubai Airports along with other stakeholders will implement a number of special measures such as deploying additional personnel and dedicated passport control counters to facilitate the movement of thousands of pilgrims who pass through Dubai International.”