Dubai International’s October air cargo volume up 9.5 percent y/y

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Nov 24, 2016: Dubai International’s October freight volumes totalled 236,169 tonnes, up 9.5 percent compared to the 215,714 tonnes handled during the same month last year, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

Year to date cargo volumes reached 2,127,589 tonnes, up 2.8 percent compared to 2,069,360 tonnes recorded during the same period last year.

The airport welcomed 6.4 million passengers in October. Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,420,208 passengers compared to 6,250,810 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 2.7 percent.

Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 6.8 percent to 69,366,094 compared to 64,947,684 recorded during the first ten months of 2015.

Eastern Europe led the pack again as the fastest-growing market in October (+25.2 percent) thanks to additional capacity and new services launched by a number of airlines, followed by South America (9.9 percent), Asia (8.2 percent) and the Indian Subcontinent (6.7 percent). India remained the top destination country (901,958 passengers), followed by the UK (493,181 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (349,198 passengers).

London continued to be the top destination city out of Dubai with 301,024 passengers followed by Doha (230,561 passengers) and Mumbai (177,590 passengers). Baku (+108.7 percent) topped the list of cities in terms of percentage growth, followed by Amritsar (80.9 percent), Calicut (56.8 percent) and Cape Town (49.3 percent) due to increased capacity.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said, “Cargo numbers impressed during October with the biggest monthly increase we’ve seen all year. On the passenger side, we remain on track to achieve our forecast for 83 million passengers by year-end. Accordingly, DXB is sure to retain its status as the leading airport worldwide for international passenger traffic.”

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