In the first half of 2019, the Dubai International greeted 41.3 million passengers

Published on : Tuesday, August 13, 2019

In the first half of 2019, the Dubai International (DXB) greeted about 41.3 million passengers, preserving its position as the largest international airport by traffic volume in the world. The closure of one of two runways of DXB between April 16th and May 30th for a complete rehabilitation programme abridged the capacity of the airport, contributing to a drop in traffic of 5.6 per cent year on year.

 

During the first half of this year, a total of 41,277,749 customers travelled through DXB. The closure of the southern runway for renovation halved the runway capacity of the hub, leading to a reduction of 32 per cent in passenger flights over a 45-day period, as per a statement released by DXB press on Sunday.

 

A total of 1,036,474 tonnes of airfreight was managed at DXB in the initial months of this year, dropped 18.3 per cent. A major portion of the cargo traffic at DXB is beheld which in turn affected by the southern runway rehabilitation programme.

 

During the first six months of 2019, total passenger flights were about 178,383, down 11.6 per cent from 2018, also due to the 45-day closure of the southern runway.

 

India remained the top destination country for DXB in terms of passenger numbers, with traffic reaching 5.7 million customers. It is propelled majorly by top city destinations Mumbai and Delhi. On the list, Saudi Arabia was number two with 3.1 million customers, after closely followed by the United Kingdom with 2.8 million customers. Other destination countries of note include Pakistan (1.9 million customers), the US (1.5 million), and China (1.2 million).

 

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