By Shweta JainSenior Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International airports saw passenger traffic increase in the first half of the year as airlines launched new routes and frequencies.
The passenger traffic at Dubai International jumped 13.7 per cent in the fist six months of the year, marking the busiest first half in the airport’s history, and in line with its target to meet the annual projected traffic of 56.5 million passengers.
According to Dubai Airports, the body managing Dubai International, the airport’s 27.93 million passengers in the first half of 2012, up from 24.57 million in the same period a year ago. In June alone, 4.71 million passengers passed through the airport, up 16 per cent from a year earlier.
“We are on track to meet the annual projected traffic of 56.5 million passengers, which will bring us very close to Dubai International’s operational capacity of 60 million passengers per annum,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said in a statement, adding that the addition of Concourse 3 during the first quarter of 2013 is “well timed” to boost the airport’s capacity to 75 million.
“The traffic growth at Dubai International continues to show both strength and vibrancy – not just from regional traffic via low cost airlines like flydubai, but Emirates, too, is helping to push numbers up at the airport,” said aviation analyst Saj Ahmad at StrategicAero Research. More info