Dubai International air traffic surges 13.2%

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Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport surged 13.2 per cent in April according to the traffic results announced by Dubai Airports yesterday.

Dubai airportDubai Airports partially attributed the rebound to the drop in traffic on European routes following the volcanic eruption in Iceland in April last year.

Passenger traffic in April reached 4.23 million, up 13.2 per cent compared to 3.74 million recorded during the same month in 2010. The year to date traffic stands at 16.5 million, an increase of 8.5 per cent over the corresponding period in 2010.

The GCC countries generated the largest increase in passengers in April, up 29.1 per cent (up 153,864 passengers), followed by Western Europe which grew by 20.1 per cent (up 142,185). Traffic to the Indian subcontinent rose 9.4 per cent (up 83,718 passengers), while those to Russia and the CIS grew by 25.4 per cent (up 22,286 passengers). Middle Eastern traffic fell 2.4 per cent (down 9,581).

Aircraft movements for the month totalled 26,597, up 6.7 per cent from 24,917 in the same month last year.

Dubai International handled 179,397 tonnes of international air freight in April, up 5.6 per cent from the 169,902 tonnes in the same month in 2010.

‘Busiest summer ever’

“We have surpassed the four million passenger mark three out of the first four months of the year and that trend is set to continue,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

“Our busiest summer ever is just around the corner and we will be working hard to maintain high service levels and ensure the comfort of our customers. That includes the activation of our Summer Mission programme which deploys additional customer service personnel to help passengers pass quickly and smoothly through our airport.”