Sept 06, 2016: Dubai International (DXB) saw freight volumes decline by 1.2 percent in July to total 203,153 tonnes compared to 205,526 tonnes recorded during the corresponding month last year, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
During the first seven months of 2016, DXB handled 1,485,177 tonnes of cargo, up 3.2 percent compared to 1,438,904 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2015.
Passenger traffic at Dubai International has exceeded all previous records in July surging to an historic high of 7.6 million.
Passenger numbers in July totalled 7,616,792 compared to the 6,682,676 handled in July 2015, a significant increase of 14 percent.
During the first seven months of the year, DXB welcomed 48,123,248 passengers, up 7 percent compared to 44,981,967 passengers recorded during the same period last year.
Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in July up 33.4 percent, followed by Asia which grew by 20.8 percent, and the Indian subcontinent at 17.1 percent. GCC traffic rose 16.2 percent while North America registered a 13.9 percent increase.
Traditionally a strong market, India was the top destination country with 990,213 passengers, followed by the UK (573,025 passengers), and Saudi Arabia (475,841).
London, Doha, Mumbai, Kuwait and Bangkok headed the list of the most popular destinations served from DXB.
“This summer was the busiest in DXB’s history with daily traffic averaging a quarter of a million passengers across the three terminals. We are pleased as much with the growth as we are with the way we managed service levels by implementing detailed operational plans, boosting staff levels, intensifying communication efforts with our business partners and customers during the peak period,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.