June 30, 2016: Dubai International witnessed steady increase in cargo and it reached 226,916 tonnes in May 2016 compared to 216,712 tonnes in May 2015, which is an increase of 4.7 percent.
During the first five months of 2016 cargo volumes handled at DXB totalled 1,055,850 tonnes, up 3.9 percent compared to 1,015,482 tonnes handled during the same period last year.
Passenger numbers at Dubai International continued an upward trend in May with the airport welcoming 6.7 million customers, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
In May 2016, passenger numbers at DXB rose 7.2 percent to 6,721,995 compared to 6,267,640 in May 2015. During the first five months of 2016, DXB welcomed 34,648,953 passengers which represents a year on year growth of 7 percent compared to 32,384,620 passengers during the same period last year.
Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in May rising 16.6 percent, followed closely by the GCC region registering year on year growth of 16.3 per cent, propelled mainly by a surge in contribution from destinations like Jeddah, Riyadh and Doha, while Asia grew 10 per cent. In terms of total passenger numbers, India topped all countries with a total of 989,680 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (549,091), the UK (435,251), and Pakistan (327,178) while the top cities for passenger traffic were London (280,945), Doha (243,845) and Mumbai (214,061).
“With near record numbers expected in the coming weeks as a result of the seasonal travel peak, we are looking at solid growth for the first half of 2016,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.