Feb 02, 2016: Dubai International’s (DXB) cargo volumes remained relatively steady with 2,506,092 tonnes of air freight passing through the airport during the year, up 3.4 percent compared to 2,423,677 tonnes recorded during 2014. This was reported despite the transfer of all cargo operators from DXB to Dubai World Central. Monthly freight volumes in December totalled 218,408 up 5 percent compared to 207,618 recorded during the same month in 2014.
It also retained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers by registering annual traffic of just over 78 million in 2015, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
Due to the growth of some 100 airlines, most notably Emirates and flydubai, annual passenger traffic at DXB surged 10.7 percent to reach a record 78,014,838 passengers in 2015 compared to 70,473,893 recorded during 2014. Passenger numbers in December 2015 totalled 7,053,243, an increase of 8.5 per cent compared to 6,498,573 recorded during the same month in 2014, taking the average monthly traffic for the year to a record high of 6.5 million. It was the second time in the year after August when monthly traffic exceeded the 7 million mark.
Aircraft movements in 2015 reached 403,517, up 14.1 percent compared to 353,507 movements recorded during 2014. Monthly aircraft movements in December totalled 35,575 compared to 33,595 movements during the same month in 2014, an increase of 5.9 percent.
During the year DXB welcomed new airlines including Air Canada from Toronto, Eurowings from Cologne and China Southern from Wuhan, among others. A total of 12 new passenger destinations were also added thanks to the ongoing network expansion of Dubai-based airlines flydubai and Emirates.
A traditionally strong market, India retained its position as Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2015 with 10,391,376 passengers, a year on year growth of 17 percent compared to 8,908,362 in 2014. The UK was placed second with 5,682,307 passengers (+6 percent) followed closely by Saudi Arabia at 5,466,358 (+12 percent). In terms of destination cities served by DXB, Doha retained the top spot with 2,782,600 passengers (+18 percent) followed closely by London with 2,659,602 passengers (+1 percent) and Mumbai with 2,214,221 passengers (+14 percent).
Spurred by Emirates’ network expansion and ongoing growth on routes to the region, North America topped the regional markets in terms of percentage growth in 2015 (+25 percent), followed by the GCC (+15 percent), and Asia (+12 percent).