Dubai International Airport was the world’s fastest growing airport last year in terms of international passenger throughput, with a growth of 19.31 per cent.
The airport handled a total of 34.34 million passengers, well over the projected 33 million for the year.
The record growth is likely to propel Dubai International higher on ACI’s (Airports Council International) list of the world’s busiest airports in terms of international passengers.
The high growth rate in passenger throughput registered in 2007 means that for the sixth consecutive year, Dubai International has maintained an average growth rate of well over 15 per cent.
In 2007, August was the busiest month for the airport in terms of passenger figures with 3.28 million passengers, while October recorded the highest growth rate at 29.92 per cent. For the first time in the airport’s history, monthly passenger throughput crossed the three million mark three times during the year, while it was above 2.5 million for each of the remaining nine months. The average passenger movement per day at Dubai International is 95,000.
The overall growth in 2007 resulted in increased aircraft movement at Dubai International, registering an increase of 9.81 per cent. The airport handled a total of 260,530 movements in 2007 as against 237,258 in 2006. The busiest period for the airport in terms of aircraft movement was in December with over 23,309 aircraft movements. On average, there are 725 aircraft movements per day at Dubai International. Passenger throughput for 2008 is expected reach 40 million.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and chairman of Dubai Airports, said, “Dubai International’s growth is a reflection of Dubai’s robust economy, and its rising popularity as an international commercial and tourism hub. It is also a clear sign of our intent and vision for the future of the aviation sector in Dubai.”
Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, said, “While the airport’s record growth in 2007 is an accomplishment, it is also the source of the many future challenges we at Dubai Airports must prepare for. As a commercial entity, Dubai Airports intends to further speed up the overall growth rate of Dubai International, and, in the near future, of Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International, while at the same time improving our customer service levels.”