Already the world’s busiest international airport, DXB has retained its position at the top of the pile, following another year of growth across the board.
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In total, the airport welcomed just shy of 90 million international passengers in 2017, with DXB’s traffic reaching a peak of 88.24 million – that’s up 5.5 percent on 2016. That total number includes passengers arriving, departing from and transferring through the airport.
The continued growth is down to more routes, more airlines and more destinations being served at Dubai International – thanks in part to the partnership between Emirates and flydubai which added 13 new destinations and increased the capacity on more than 50 routes between them.
While London as the most-visited city, with 4 million passengers, Mumbai and Jeddah followed with 2.5 million and 2.1 million passengers respectively. India remains the most-visited country served by DXB by a country mile – clearing 12 million passengers for the first time in 2017.
Also, since visa rules have been relaxed by the UAE for Russian and Chinese visitors (with visa on arrival now an option), there has been a surge in arrivals from each country – up 28 percent and 19.4 percent respectively.
So if you’ve noticed it being busier in DXB recently, there are about 90 million reasons why.