Dubai is now world's second-busiest airport

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By David Black  www.thenational.ae

Dubai International was yesterday confirmed as the world’s second-busiest airport for international passenger traffic, overtaking Charles de Gaulle in Paris for the first time.

Dubai International Airport, home to Emirates Airline, has recorded double-digit growth rates. Gabriela Maj / Bloomberg News
Dubai International Airport, home to Emirates Airline, has recorded double-digit growth rates. Gabriela Maj / Bloomberg News

Since the start of the year, Dubai International has moved up two positions in the global rankings of the Airports Council International (ACI) monthly traffic report. It is now just behind London Heathrow as the world’s busiest international airport by passenger throughput.

Dubai’s passenger traffic for the first two months of the year has increased 13 per cent to 10,640,120, up from 9,413,286 for the same period a year ago.

“It is extremely gratifying to see Dubai International leap up two places in the international passenger rankings in a single year. It is a clear signal that more people are choosing Dubai as their preferred hub not only for its extensive global network but the superb facilities on the ground too,” said Paul Griffiths, the Dubai Airports chief executive. More info