Dubai International handled a record 18.46 million passengers in the first half of 2008, registering a growth of 13.80 per cent over the first half of 2007.
The airport handled an average of three million passengers per month throughout the first half this year, making it the busiest period in the airport’s history.
The record growth in the first half this year means that, as in the previous few years, Dubai International will exceed the projected annual figure this year too. Some 40 million passengers are expected to use the airport in 2008.
Dubai International was the world’s fastest growing airport in 2007 in terms of international passenger throughput, with a growth of 19.31 per cent or 34.34 million passengers.
During the period under review, March was the busiest month for the airport with 3.25 million passengers, while February recorded the highest growth rate at 18.80 per cent.
Monthly passenger throughput crossed the three million mark throughout the first half except in February when, at 2.97 million, the figure was just shy of the record mark. The average passenger movement per day at Dubai International has increased to nearly 100,000.
Cargo also showed robust growth at Dubai International with Dubai Cargo Village handling 831,978 tonnes of freight – up 10.70 per cent over first half of 2007.
June was the busiest month for DCV with 147,012 tonnes of freight, while April registered the highest growth at 13.44 per cent.
The overall growth during the first half this year resulted in increased aircraft movement at Dubai International, registering an increase of 5.94 per cent. The airport handled a total of 135,144 aircraft movements (both inbound and outbound) between January and June this year as against 127,568 in the first half last year.
The busiest period for the airport in terms of aircraft movement was in March with over 24,143 aircraft. On an average, there are 715 aircraft movements per day at Dubai International.
Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, said that they were still testing and preparing the new terminal and airside facility for opening later this year. ”Once Terminal 3 and its associated airside facility are open our capacity will get the much needed boost to handle the increasing passenger throughput at Dubai International,” he said.