Dubai International stays on growth track

Dubai International airport has continued to hang on to both cargo and passenger growth despite the continuing global downturn in air cargo and passenger movements with the airport holding on to its position among the world’s top five hubs for international cargo volumes. Dubai Airports Cargo handled a total of 163,427 tonnes of air freight […]


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Dubai International airport has continued to hang on to both cargo and passenger growth despite the continuing global downturn in air cargo and passenger movements with the airport holding on to its position among the world’s top five hubs for international cargo volumes. Dubai Airports Cargo handled a total of 163,427 tonnes of air freight in August 2009 as compared to 158,714 tonnes in August 2008, up 2.9per cent.

The year to date cargo movement reached 1.199 million tonnes, up from 1.197 million tonnes during the same period in 2008, showing a marginal increase of 0.1 per cent. By comparison, Airports Council International (ACI) reports global volumes for international airfreight are down 20 per cent year to date.

Dubai International also recorded double-digit growth in passenger traffic for the third consecutive month with Dubai Airports announcing a 10.7 per cent jump in passenger numbers during August. This follows increases of 10.3 per cent in June and 12.6 per cent in July.

Dubai handled a total of 3,729,879 passengers in August 2009 as compared to 3,368,260 during the corresponding month last year. The airport’s monthly passenger throughput exceeded the 3.7 million mark for the second time this year, following the record-breaking 3.76 million passengers recorded in July.