Passenger Traffic: DXB Registers Record-Breaking First Quarter

DXB experienced a remarkable surge in passenger numbers, with an impressive 23 million travelers passing through its terminals

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    21 May 2024 8:42 AM GMT

Passenger Traffic: DXB Registers Record-Breaking First Quarter

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has kicked off the year with a bang, achieving its busiest quarter in history and solidifying its status as a global aviation powerhouse and a cornerstone of Dubai's economy and the Middle East's aviation sector. In the first quarter (Q1) of the year, DXB experienced a remarkable surge in passenger numbers, with an impressive 23 million travelers passing through its terminals, marking an 8.4% increase compared to the same period last year.

This surge underscores DXB's pivotal role in positioning Dubai as an international nexus for tourism and commerce. Total passenger traffic for the quarter reached an astounding 23,052,060 passengers, with January recording the highest traffic at 7.9 million guests. Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, expressed his delight, stating, "The robust growth trajectory at DXB continued in the first quarter of the year, with the hub recording some truly impressive numbers." Paul Griffiths attributed this growth in part to the expansion of DXB's network by its home base carriers, Emirates and flydubai, facilitating connections to an array of global cities. He emphasized the airport's commitment to sustaining growth momentum and enhancing the overall passenger experience.

Buoyed by the stellar performance in Q1, DXB has revised its forecast for the year, anticipating a total of 91 million guests, surpassing the previous annual traffic record of 89.1 million set in 2018. DXB's robust performance not only underscores its significance in global aviation but also its profound impact on Dubai's economic landscape. The airport serves as a catalyst for economic growth and tourism, contributing to a 3.3% increase in Dubai's real gross domestic product (GDP), valued at approximately AED 307.9 billion. Its efficient handling of passenger traffic and cargo volumes supports Dubai's diversified economy and enhances its international standing.

With connections to 256 destinations across 102 countries through 90 international carriers, DXB reinforces Dubai's stature as a global business and logistics hub, furthering its growth and influence on the world stage. DXB's readiness to accommodate the increasing travel demand in the UAE's key markets worldwide is evident in its top destination countries. India leads the list with 3.1 million passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (2 million), the UK (1.5 million), and Pakistan (1.1 million). Other significant contributors include the US, Russia, and Germany. Among the top cities by passenger numbers are London, Riyadh, and Jeddah.

The first quarter witnessed a total of 109,238 flight movements, an 8.3% increase year-on-year, reflecting the airport's bustling activity. Despite the surge in passengers, DXB maintained impressive load factors, reaching 79.1% in the first quarter. The efficient management of baggage, with 26.8 million bags handled through its extensive system, underscores DXB's operational excellence and commitment to delivering seamless travel experiences to its passengers.


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