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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

The world's busiest airports by passenger traffic are measured by total passengers (data from Airports Council International), defined as passengers enplaned plus passengers deplaned plus

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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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.

Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي‎) is the primary international airport serving Dubai , United Arab Emirates

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 Airports owns and manages the operation of both of Dubai ’s airports – Dubai International (DXB), the world’s number one airport for international DXB retained its position as world’s number 1 international airport for the fifth consecutive year with annual traffic of 89. 1 million passengers in

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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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 .

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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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