Dubai airport passenger traffic up 18.9pc in May



Passenger traffic in May reached 5,218,832, compared to 4,388,614 during the corresponding month in 2012.
With May being the sixth consecutive month the airport has recorded passenger numbers exceeding 5 million, the year to date traffic is up 16.8 per cent to 27,124,195 compared to 23,216,893 during the first five months of 2012, said a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports on Wednesday.
As a result of Emirates airline’s and flydubai’s expanding network, Western Europe topped the list of regions with the largest increase in total passenger numbers (+208,393), followed by the GCC (+189,810), and the Indian sub-continent (+131,364).
Following the launch of flights by Qantas in May after the airline’s tie-up with Emirates, Australia was the fastest growing destination with 50 per cent growth in traffic and Saudi Arabia a close second (40 per cent) thanks to the post liberalisation boom in the Kingdom’s aviation sector, the report said. More info