Dubai airport traffic up 7.3%



Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport grew by 7.3 per cent year-on-year in October despite a drop in travellers for the Middle East due to the ongoing political unrest, operator Dubai Airports said on Monday.

The world’s fourth busiest airport handled 4.3 million passengers, up from 4 million in the same period last year, it said in a statement.

Aircraft movements for October reached 28,463, up 7.2 per cent from 26,558 recorded during the same month in 2010.

“New routes, additional frequencies and extra capacity continue to drive passenger traffic growth at the Dubai hub,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports.

The strongest passenger growth came from Russia with a near 34 percent increase, followed by the Gulf Arab region that grew by about 30 percent.