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26/07/2017 - 17:02hs

Dubai Airport traffic up 6%

Over 43 million passengers travelled to or from the airport in the first half of the year. South America was one of the destinations to which traffic increased the most.

São Paulo – Dubai International Airport (DXB), the biggest airport in the United Arab Emirates, handled more than 43 million passengers in the first half of 2017, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported this Wednesday (26) citing figures from operator Dubai Airports.

The operator said DXB’s 43.054 million passenger volume in H1 was up 6.3% from H1 2016, which saw the airport handle 40.5 million travelers.

India was the leading destination at 5.9 million passengers. Next on the list were Saudi Arabia at 3.1 million, the United Kingdom with 3.06 million, Pakistan with 2.2 million and the United States with 1.56 million passengers.

Dubai-based news outlet Gulf Business reported that in growth percentage terms, the highlight was South America, with a 36.4% increase. Emirates Airline offers one flight daily to São Paulo, as well as one which touches down in Rio de Janeiro before going to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Etihad Aiways, from Abu Dhabi, used to fly to São Paulo once a day, but the route got cancelled this year.

DXB passenger numbers increased by 28.7% for Eastern Europe and by 18.7% for Asia.

London topped the list of cities at 1.89 million passengers, followed by Mumbai at 1.2 million, Bangkok at 1.03 million and New Delhi at 1.01 million.

In June alone, passenger traffic climbed by 3.9% year-to-year to 6.084 million, a modest rate explained by the fact that this year, Ramadan fell in June, a traditionally slower month.

“We are pleased with the growth in the first half,” WAM quoted Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths as saying. “With the rush of travelers expected to hit peak at the end of school holidays later next month, we are looking forward to another quarter of positive growth, he said.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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