For the third month in a row, Dubai’s international
airport has recorded double-digit growth (10.7 per cent) in passenger traffic.
Dubai International, which has a current
capacity limit of
60m passengers a year,
saw a monthly passenger throughput exceeding 3.7m for the second time this year,
following the record-breaking 3.76m passengers recorded in July.
“Aviation here has defied the global trend
and this is testament to the
attractiveness of Dubai not just as a transit hub but also as an
international destination for both business and tourism,” says Dubai Airports
CEO Paul Griffiths.
“Dubai International is the only airport
among the top ten airports in terms international passenger traffic to still
record positive growth,” adds Griffiths.
Dubai’s airports are currently expanding with
Phase One, passenger terminal capable of handling nine million passengers a
year, due to open in June 2010. When Phase Two is finished, Al Maktoum Airport
will become the home of Emirates, which carries 20 million passengers annually.
The Airports Council
International, meanwhile, reports registering a worldwide year-to-date
drop of seven per cent in passenger numbers.