Emi­rates' pas­sen­ger num­bers rise 6pc

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: Emi­rates is see­ing an in­crease in the num­ber of pas­sen­gers fly­ing with the air­line this sum­mer, par­tially driven by de­mand on routes to and from neigh­bour­ing Arab Gulf coun­tries. Pas­sen­ger num­bers are up 6 per cent dur­ing sum­mer com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2014, Emi­rates Di­vi­sional Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Shaikh Ma­jid Al Mualla said in a state­ment is­sued by the media cen­tre of Dubai Fes­ti­vals and Re­tail Es­tab­lish­ment.

Pas­sen­ger data was not re­leased and an Emi­rates spokesper­son de­clined to give num­bers when con­tacted by Gulf News. Al Mualla said the in­crease has been driven by growth in num­ber of Gulf trav­ellers which saw Emi­rates adding ca­pac­ity and putting on ad­di­tional flights this sum­mer on pop­u­lar routes to Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. "De­mand from the GCC to Dubai is con­tin­u­ing to grow and the emi­rate is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar as a sum­mer des­ti­na­tion for the re­gion," Al Mualla stated. Over sum­mer there has also been an in­crease in the num­ber of In­dian pas­sen­gers choos­ing to stay in Dubai for a few days on their way other des­ti­na­tions such as Europe and the United States, he added. Dubai gov­ern­ment's ini­tia­tive Dubai Sum­mer Sur­prises (DSS), a re­tail sales event from July 23 to Septem­ber 5, is one of the draw­cards for pas­sen­gers choos­ing to stay in Dubai this sum­mer, Al Mualla stated.

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