Dubai airport is world's busiest, overtakes London's Heathrow

ISLAMABAD: Dubai International airport has become world’s busiest airport by international traffic for the second consecutive year in 2015.

Dubai airport overtook London’s Heathrow airport becoming the world’s busiest airport in 2015 where Heathrow handled 69.76 million international passengers while Dubai airport witnessed an average growth of around 6.5 million passengers a month last year, reported Khaleej Times.

Dubai airport’s latest data showed that passenger traffic rose to 6.01million passengers in November from 5.57 million a year earlier, taking the total so far in 2015 to 70.96 million.  According to the report, Dubai airport’s 11-month passenger traffic was higher than Heathrow’s full year traffic.

Figures show that December’15 was extremely busy for the airport and it was expected to cross the 77 million mark for 2015. Officials of the Airport said that in 2015 the airport registered an average monthly traffic of nearly 6.5 million customers and hoped to experience the round off the year with an impressive annual figure.

In November, the Subcontinent recorded the largest increase in total passenger numbers spurred by growth in traffic and launch of new flights. The strongest markets in terms of percentage growth were Eastern Europe, North America, driven mainly by Emirates’ expanding network to destinations in the US, and the GCC (16.9 per cent), with Muscat, Doha and Jeddah topping destinations with highest growth during the month.

Aircraft movements in November increased by 4.2 per cent to 33,787 from 32,424 recorded during the same month in 2014. The year-to-date movements totalled 371,103 in November 2015, a robust growth of 13.8 per cent from 323,203 recorded during the first 11 months of 2014.

Dubai International handled 218,323 tonnes of cargo in November, an increase of 3.8 per cent compared to 210,251 tonnes recorded during the same month in 2014. The year-to-date freight volumes reached 2,287,167 tonnes compared to 2,217,135 tonnes handled during the corresponding period in 2014, an increase of 3.2 per cent.

A senior aviation analyst said Dubai International looks poised to cement its place as the world’s number one airport and the rise in traffic in November demonstrates its strength and diversity.

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