MIDDLE EAST: Dubai has effective aviation model: Oxford report

A recent report by Oxford Economics dismisses the voice of critics around the world and says Dubai has an effective aviation model and is set for significant growth in the coming years, despite a slight down-tick this year.


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A recent report by Oxford Economics dismisses the voice of critics around the world and says Dubai has an effective aviation model and is set for significant growth in the coming years, despite a slight down-tick this year. The 60- page report titled, ‘Explaining Dubai’s Aviation Model,’ further concludes that

Dubai’s success is not evidence of unfair competition or government support but the result of an effective aviation model. Dubai International handled 187,905 tonnes of cargo in May, which represents a 0.5 per cent year-on-year decline with the airport’s year-to-May tonnage totalling 874,584 tonnes – a 0.3 per cent year-on-year drop. But where cargo is very slightly slumping, passenger movements have taken off. Passenger totals were up 8.8 per cent in May compared to the same month in 2010, with the year-to-May passenger numbers up 8.6 per cent.

“Passenger volumes are on course to top 51 million by year-end, which should put us hot on the trail of Hong Kong International as the world’s third busiest airport for international passenger traffic,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of DA, said. “By 2015, we expect to overtake London Heathrow for the No. 1 spot when passenger numbers surpass 75 million,” which of course also benefits the air cargo sector.