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Travel Dubai airport reports first dip in passenger numbers in 20 years

15:00  05 february  2020
15:00  05 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The number of travellers passing through Dubai International airport dipped last year for the first time in 20 years but the airport remained the world's busiest for international passengers , authorities said on Wednesday. Traffic at the major transit hub dropped 3. 1 percent to 86.4 million passengers , down

Dubai airport welcomed more than 5 million passengers during May 2014 despite being reduced to a single runway as the airport ’s two runways Passenger numbers dipped 2.5 per cent to 5.08 million passengers in May 2014, down marginally from the 5.23 million passengers recorded in May 2013.

The number of travelers passing through Dubai International airport dipped last year for the first time in 20 years but the airport remained the world's busiest for international passengers, authorities said on Wednesday.

a person holding a sign: Despite recording its first dip in passenger numbers in two decades, Dubai International retained its position as the world's busiest airport for international passengers, beating out London's Heathrow© GIUSEPPE CACACE Despite recording its first dip in passenger numbers in two decades, Dubai International retained its position as the world's busiest airport for international passengers, beating out London's Heathrow

Traffic at the major transit hub dropped 3.1 percent to 86.4 million passengers, down from 89.15 million passengers in 2018, Dubai Airports said.

It is the first fall in the number of passengers at Dubai International since at least 2000, according to figures from Dubai Statistics Centre, a government agency.

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Growth in passenger numbers has slowed right down at Dubai International Airport , with the end of 2018 showing a For the first 10 months of he year , passenger numbers were up compared to last year . 74.5m people passed through DXB up until October, an increase of 1 .5% over the previous year .

The airport retained its position as the top global airport serving international passengers, beating second-placed Heathrow Airport by six million passengers, the statement said.

It attributed the decline in passenger numbers to a "series of challenges" including the 45-day closure of the airport's south runway to enable its refurbishment, global market conditions, as well as the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.

"While customer numbers in 2019 were lower than the preceding year, the impact of the 45-day closure of the runway, the bankruptcy of Jet Airways, as well as the grounding of the Boeing's 737 MAX accounted for an estimated 3.2 million passengers over the course of the year," Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said.

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Dubai International airport processed 7.7 million passengers in August, some 6 per cent higher compared with the same month in 2015. This figure brings the total passenger numbers to 55.8 million for the first eight months of the year , a 6.9 per cent increase on the corresponding period last year .

Low cost carrier Flydubai has been one of the biggest customers of the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded since March last year following two crashes that killed 346 people and opened the doors to intense scrutiny of the US manufacturer's safety practices.

India accounted for the largest number of passengers using Dubai airport, with 11.9 million.

Saudi Arabia provided the second largest, with 6.3 million, narrowly ahead of Britain's 6.2 million.

The number of flights handled by the airport also dropped last year, falling by 8.6 percent to 373,261, Dubai Airports said.

The volume of cargo handled fell by 4.8 percent to 2.5 million tonnes.

Passenger arrivals in Dubai reached a record 16.73 million passengers last year, up 5.1 percent on 2018 but far short of the 20 million the authorities hope to welcome this year.

For the past few years, the glitzy city state has been battling an economic slowdown led by its key real estate and tourism sectors.

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Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport jumped 20 percent from a year earlier in August, while the volume of cargo freight rose 4.4 percent, Dubai Airports said on Tuesday. The airport , one of the world's busiest, handled 4.85 million passengers last month. Dubai Airports said the unusually big

Dubai International Airport (DXB), the emirate’s main airport , received more than 6.8 million passengers in October, an increase of 6.9 Asia saw 20 .3 per cent year -on- year propelled by new routes to and from China and Thailand. Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB rose 5.9 percent

Growth slowed to 1.94 percent in 2018,  before rebounding slightly to 2.1 percent last year, according to government figures.

Dubai is pinning great hopes on the global trade fair Expo 2020 -- which opens later this year for six months -- to lift the slowing economy.

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