Operator Dubai Airports’ latest monthly traffic report indicated that Dubai International (DXB) saw 6.9 million transit through its terminals in October.
Additionally, the report noted that passenger traffic at DXB increased by 6.9% compared to October 2016, while year-to-date figures showed that passenger numbers rose 5.9% to an estimated 73 million. In the first 10 months of 2016, the DXB recorded an estimated 69 million passengers.
DXB’s flight movements in October reached 33,257, a decrease by 5.8% over the 35,314 flights operated during the same month last year.
To date, flight movements have decreased by 2.3%, totalling 340, 940 in the first 10 months of 2017, while 348,893 were recorded during the same period last year. Despite this however, the average number of passengers per flight during the month was 213, up 11.6% compared to 191 recorded in October, 2016.
In terms of destinations, London was the top destination city for passengers flying out of DXB, totalling 327,400. This was closely followed by Mumbai and New Delhi, both cities receiving 219,512 and 184,754 passengers from DXB, respectively.
Commenting on DXB’s progress in 3Q17, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said: “The third quarter has begun on a very positive note for DXB and with the hub on track to achieve our forecast of 89 million passengers for the year, our focus will be on continuing to maintain customer service quality and overall airport experience.”
Dubai Airports’ report also noted a slight decrease in freight transport, DXB total handled freight decreasing from 231,805 tonnes compared to 236,169 tonnes reported in the same period last year. A year-to-date comparison however, showed that cargo volumes grew by 2.9% reaching roughly 2.2 million. In October 2016, an estimated 2.1 million tonnes of cargo freight was handled by DXB.