The UAE’s aviation sector continues to scale new heights, with Dubai International maintaining its position as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers for the fifth consecutive year while the sector’s contribution to the country’s economy also grows steadily.
Dubai became the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic in 2014 when it overtook London’s Heathrow Airport.
Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports, said the expansion of phase one of Dubai World Central was completed last year and it now has the capacity to handle 26 million passengers per year. It also reached the milestone 1-billion mark last year 2018.
Dubai Airports will close DXB’s Southern Runway for an upgrade between April 16 and May 30, 2019, hence reducing the number of flights to and from Dubai International. Emirates airline announced that it would cut 25 percent of its flights during the upgrade.
According to Dubai Airports, in December 2018, passenger traffic at DXB fell 1.7 percent to 7.72 million years on year. India remained the top destination last year with 12.28 million passengers, with most visitors coming from Mumbai, Delhi, and Cochin. Saudi Arabia came at number two with 6.47 million passengers, followed by the UK at 6.28 million. Other key markets were the US (3.2 million), China (3.5 million) and Russia (1.53 million).