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26/10/2017 - 18:56hs
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Dubai Airport sees 1.7% increase in traffic

The airport welcomed 7.2 million passengers in September. Year-to-date through September, passenger traffic increased by an even higher margin at 5.8%, exceeding 66 million.



São Paulo – The Dubai International Airport (DXB) handled 7.215 million passengers in September, government authority Dubai Airports said this Thursday (26). The amount is up 1.7% from September 2016. Year-to-date through September, passenger numbers were up 5.8% to 66.568 million.

Dubai Airports reported that South America saw the biggest growth in September at 46.2%. Ths year, Emirates Airline started flying its São Paulo-Dubai route with an Airbus A380, thereby increasing its flight capacity. Besides São Paulo, it also flies daily to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and from there to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Other regions with major growth in passenger numbers were Eastern Europe, at 18.6%, and East Asia, at 15.7%.

India remained the primary destination for DXB at 931,193 passengers, followed by the United Kingdom at 548,762 and Saudi Arabia at 536,187. City-wise, London was the top destination at 346,018 passengers, followed by Kuwait City at 213,717 and Mumbai at 182,697 passengers.

DXB handled 33,134 flights in September, down 4.7% from September 2016. Year-to-date through September, the number of flights decreased by 1.9% to 307,683. On the other hand, efficiency improved, with passengers per flight going up 6.8% from 210 in September 2016 to 224 in September 2017.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said results have been satisfying so far this year. “We are now well set for a great finish to the year thanks to the internationally popular entertainment and sports events lined up for the upcoming winter season here in Dubai,” a press release quoted him as saying.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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