Passenger traffic through Dubai’s main airport dropped 8.5 per cent from a year earlier in June to 5.07 million people, as construction temporarily reduced its capacity, operator Dubai Airports said on Thursday.
Dubai International, one of the world’s busiest airports, cut back flights by about 26 per cent for an 80-day period that ended on Monday, as first one runway and then the other was closed for resurfacing and other work.
In the first half of this year, passenger traffic expanded 6.2 per cent to 34.68 million people. Dubai Airports said the resuming full operations would permit renewed traffic growth towards the end of this year.
Cargo volumes in June dropped 14.3 per cent to 180,025 tonnes. First-half volumes edged down 1.8 per cent to 1.18 million tonnes.