Passenger numbers soar at Mideast's biggest airport

2014-01-30 08:54
Dubai - The operator of the Middle East's biggest airport in Dubai says its annual passenger traffic numbers have surged 15% to top the 60 million mark for the first time ever.  

Airport operator Dubai Airports said Wednesday that Dubai International handled 66.4 million passengers in 2013, including more than a record 6 million in December alone.

That's up from 57.7 million in 2012.

Helping drive the growth are an increased number of wide-body jets that can haul large numbers of passengers and new destinations being added by hometown airlines Emirates and discount carrier FlyDubai.

Dubai International is the Mideast commercial hub's main airport. It opened a new concourse early last year concourse purpose-built for the double-decker Airbus A380.

A second Dubai airport began operating commercial passenger flights in October.
Read more on:    dubai  |  flights  |  air travel  |  travel  |  travel international

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.