Dubai: Double-digit growth in passenger traffic continued at Dubai International for the third consecutive month with Dubai Airports announcing a 10.7 per cent jump in passenger numbers during August. This follows increases of 10.3 per cent in June and 12.6 per cent in July.
Dubai International handled a total of 3,729,879 passengers in August 2009 as compared to 3,368,260 during the corresponding month last year. The airport’s monthly passenger throughput exceeded the 3.7 million mark for the second time this year, following the record-breaking 3.76 million passengers recorded in July.
Consistent growth during the first eight months of 2009 has seen the year to date passenger traffic reach 26,878,331, as compared to 25,182,526 for the corresponding period in 2008, an increase of 6.7 per cent. This contrasts dramatically with the 7 per cent contraction seen in international passengers worldwide year-to-date as reported by Airports Council International (ACI).
Despite the continuing global downturn in air freight movement, Dubai International is holding on to its position among the world’s top five hubs for international cargo volumes. Dubai Airports Cargo handled a total of 163,427 tonnes of air freight in August 2009 as compared to 158,714 tonnes in August 2008, up 2.9 per cent.