Dubai International eyes 20m passengers in last quarter


By Alexander Cornwell, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Twenty million passengers are expected to pass through Dubai International in the last three months of the year, according to dnata, the ground services handling company at the airport.

October to December is traditionally a busy travel period with the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break and, this year, the Haj pilgrimage and Eid Al Adha have also contributed to the passenger numbers.

“We would be expecting to see some pretty strong numbers during Christmas and New Year,” Jon Conway, divisional senior vice president – UAE operations at dnata, told Gulf News last week.

He also said that dnata, which is owned by the Emirates Group, expects to see 95,000 aircraft take off and land at the airport in the last quarter.

Dubai Airports, meanwhile, declined to comment on the passenger statistics for the period, saying the airports body does not give out the forecast for passenger numbers. More info