Cargo volume at the Dubai International Airport bounced back by 4.3 per cent, reaching 192,902 tonnes in August compared to 184,877 tonnes during the same month in 2013. Year-to-date cargo reached 1,560,869 tonnes during the first eight months of the year, down 2.2 per from 1,596,772 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2013.
Passenger traffic at the Dubai International Airport also rebounded from a three-month slump resulting from a major runway upgrade project to register a record 6.6 million in August 2014.
The hub returned to full operational capacity in August following a runway upgrade project that reduced the airport to a single runway for 80 days and cut capacity by 26 per cent. The work was completed on July 20.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “It’s good to return to more robust growth figures resulting from full capacity and ongoing network expansion after being constrained to a one-runway operation for nearly three months. The numbers are far more indicative of the growth trend we expect to see for the remainder of the year and will be crucial in our journey to the top of the list of the world’s busiest international hubs.”