Dubai In­ter­na­tional air­port re­tains top air­port crown

The Pak Banker - - BUSI­NESS -

DUBAI: Dubai In­ter­na­tional air­port re­tained its po­si­tion as the world's num­ber one hub for in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers by reg­is­ter­ing an­nual traf­fic of more than 78 mil­lion in 2015, ac­cord­ing to its op­er­a­tor Dubai Air­ports to­day. In 2014, Dubai air­port over­took Lon­don's Heathrow to be­come the world's busiest air­port. In 2015, Heathrow han­dled 69.76 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers. Boosted by the growth of some 100 air­lines that con­nect Dubai In­ter­na­tional to more than 240 des­ti­na­tions around the world, most no­tably Emi­rates and fly­dubai, an­nual pas­sen­ger traf­fic at DXB surged 10.7 per cent to reach a record 78.01 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2015 com­pared to 70.47 mil­lion recorded dur­ing 2014. Pas­sen­ger num­bers in De­cem­ber 2015 to­taled to 7.05 mil­lion which is an in­crease of 8.5 per cent com­pared to 6.5 mil­lion recorded dur­ing the same month in 2014, tak­ing the av­er­age monthly traf­fic for the year to a record high of 6.5 mil­lion. It was the sec­ond time in the year af­ter Au­gust when monthly traf­fic ex­ceeded the 7 mil­lion mark. Air­craft move­ments in 2015 reached 403,517, up 14.1 per cent com­pared to 353,507 move­ments recorded dur­ing 2014. Monthly air­craft move­ments in De­cem­ber to­taled 35,575 com­pared to 33,595 move­ments dur­ing the same month in 2014, an in­crease of 5.9per cent. Dur­ing the year DXB wel­comed new air­lines in­clud­ing Air Canada from Toronto, Eurow­ings from Cologne and China South­ern from Wuhan, among oth­ers.

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