Dubai’s aviation sector continues to soar with both Emirates Airlines and Dubai International Airport (DXB) growing their service offering. Emirates recently announced it will be expanding its network in mainland China, adding direct flights to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou. Currently, Emirates flies to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and the two newest destinations will allow Emirates to service a wider base of visitors from China, which currently is in Dubai’s top 10 source markets for the first quarter and whose visitor numbers were up by 4% over the same period last year.
In March, DXB welcomed 7.2 million passengers, a growth of 7.4 per cent during the same time last year. Over the first quarter of 2016, DXB saw an increase of 6.8 per cent in passenger traffic, welcoming over 20 million passengers. Eastern Europe was the fastest growing market in the first quarter, followed by the Indian subcontinent, Western Europe and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The steady influx of passenger traffic is putting DXB well on its way to meeting their target of over 85 million passengers by the end of the year. The recent opening of Concourse D is one reason of the continued growth, increasing capacity from 70 million to 90 million passengers annually with the added space for more than 70 airlines that will be based at the terminal.
Both Emirates and DXB were recently recognized at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2016 for their exceptional growth and service. DXB was awarded ‘Best Airport in the Middle East,’ and Emirates received three awards including ‘Best Airline Worldwide,’ ‘Airline with the Best Economy Class,’ and ‘Airline with the Best Cabin.’