Dubai sees cargo and pax continue to rise

Cargo volumes at Dubai International Airport continued their resurgence in March, with volumes increasing 21.9 per cent to 194,100 tonnes, as compared to 159,301 tonnes recorded in March 2009, according to Dubai Airports. The increase was driven largely by volume growth at Emirates Skycargo, along with additional traffic generated by new cargo operators and the […]


Cargo volumes at Dubai International Airport continued their resurgence in March, with volumes increasing 21.9 per cent to 194,100 tonnes, as compared to 159,301 tonnes recorded in March 2009, according to Dubai Airports.

The increase was driven largely by volume growth at Emirates Skycargo, along with additional traffic generated by new cargo operators and the ongoing recovery of air cargo worldwide as companies continue to replenish inventories around the globe. Aircraft movements also increased by 6.4 per cent.

Passenger volumes generated by traffic to and from India, UK, Iran, Germany and Pakistan were also up 21.8 per cent in March to a record 3,968,672 passengers in the month, compared to 3,259,072 during the same period the previous year.

Passenger numbers increased in March due to the worldwide economic recovery, capacity increases by Emirates throughout its network, new routes launched by flydubai along with additional frequencies and routes offered by other airlines operating by Dubai International, Dubai Airports said.

During the first quarter of the year, Dubai’s international passenger traffic grew 20.4 per cent, while cargo volumes rose 26.4 per cent.

Commenting on the figures, Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, said: “The pace of the growth we’re seeing is frenetic thanks to capacity increases, gradually improving economic conditions and rising consumer confidence.