Dubai International handled 5,675,246 passengers in February, up 11.7 per cent year-on-year.
Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, said it is on track to overtake London Heathrow as the world’s premier international passenger airport by 2015. Year-to-date passenger traffic is up 13.5 per cent to 12,075,952 passengers.
The Indian subcontinent recorded the highest growth in passenger numbers (121,794 increase) – with financial capital Mumbai the busiest destination – followed by Western Europe (117,256), GCC (102,217 passengers) and Asia (66,925).
Australasia was the fastest-expanding market percentage wise (30.5 per cent) as a result of Emirates’ partnership with Qantas, followed by Asia (up 18.4 per cent), Eastern Europe (17.4 per cent) and North America (16.2 per cent).
Total aircraft movements rose four per cent to 29,220 in February and freight volumes rose 3.4 per cent to 188,702 tonnes.