UAE. Dubai International, the world’s leading airport for international traffic, handled 6.9 million passengers in October, an increase of +6.9% year-on-year. In the first ten months passenger volumes have climbed by +5.9% compared to the same period last year, hitting 73.4 million.
By region, South America posted the highest growth rate in October (+39.9%), followed by Eastern Europe (+23.5%), which was mainly driven by the airport’s 13 destinations in Russia. Asian traffic growth (+20.3 %) was propelled by surging passenger numbers on routes to China and Thailand.
India remained the top destination country (1,009,005 passengers), followed by the UK (525,896) and Saudi Arabia (407,262).
London was the top destination city out of Dubai in the month with 327,400 passengers, followed by Mumbai (219,512) and New Delhi (184,754).
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “The third quarter has begun on a very positive note. With the hub on track to achieve our forecast of 89 million passengers for the year, our focus will be on continuing to maintain customer service quality and overall airport experience.”