Aug 08, 2016: Dubai Interational (DXB) saw 3. 8 percent rise in air cargo volume to 1,282,025 tonnes during the first half of 2016 compared to 1,233,378 tonnes during the same period in 2015.
DXB handled 226,175 tonnes of freight in June compared to 217,896 tonnes during the same month last year, an increase of 3.9 percent.
Dubai International’s (DXB) passenger traffic reached a record 40.5 million passengers in the first half of 2016.
DXB handled a total of 40,506,456 passengers during the first half, up 5.8 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2015 when the airport welcomed 38,299,288 passengers.
Owing to the impact of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on travel patterns during an already traditionally slow month, traffic in June dipped 1 percent to 5,857,503, compared to 5,914,671 recorded during June 2015.
In the first half of the year, the top five country destinations in terms of total passenger volumes were India (5,677,188), Saudi Arabia (3,213,868), the UK (2,850,437), Pakistan (2,134,012) and the US (1,626,032). Aircraft movements in the first half totalled 207,439, up 3.8 percent compared to 199,820 recorded during the corresponding period last year.
“We’ve had a record first half and the second half is underway with what could be a banner month thanks to the start of the holiday season in July and the week-long break for the Islamic festival of Eid Al Fitr,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
“In July we have seen very high volumes, particularly in connecting traffic as vacationers increasingly choose Dubai as an intercontinental hub as well as being a popular destination in itself," he added.