Dubai Airport passengers increase 16 per cent

Dubai International Airport passenger numbers increased by this amount compared to numbers in June 2014

Knowledge story, The Knowledge
Dubai International welcomed 5.9 million passengers in June, an increase of 16.7 percent compared to the same month last year, its operator said on Wednesday.

Dubai Airports said te year to date traffic surged 10.4 percent to reach 38,299,291, compared to 34,676,090 during the first half of 2014.

The increase in traffic during June can be attributed to the runway refurbishment project between May and July last year during which the airport was reduced to a single runway operation.

The surge in traffic was countered by a drop in number of passengers during the holy month of Ramadan which fell in June this year.

Regionally, traditional markets such as the Indian subcontinent (up 281,393 passengers) and the GCC (up 154,294) led the growth followed by Western Europe (up 121,919).

Propelled by flydubai’s new services to Slovakia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Croatia, as well as Emirates to Hungary and Smart Wings to Czech Republic, Eastern Europe (up 75.9 percent) was the top region in terms of percentage growth.

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