According to officials, a total of 23,217,492 passengers travelled through DXB in the third quarter, a 2.4% (YoY) drop when compared to the same period last year, bringing the year to date traffic to 64,495,241, which saw a drop of 4.5% YoY.The contraction in year to date numbers was mainly the result of the closure of one of DXB’s two runways for 45 days for a runway rehabilitation project during May-April, as well as the impact of the worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft since March this year.
The airport recorded a total of 97,498 flights in the third quarter, the year to date flight numbers reached 275,882, down 9.9% from last year.
India held its position as DXB’s top destination country by passenger numbers, with traffic for the first nine months reaching 8.8 million customers, followed by Saudi Arabia with 4.8 million customers, and the United Kingdom with 4.6 million customers. Other destination countries of note include Pakistan (3 million customers), the USA with 2.4 million passengers, and China with 1.9 million passengers.
The top three cities with the highest passengers were: London with a total of 2.7 million customers, Mumbai with 1.7 million passengers and Riyadh with 1.6 million customers.