UAE passenger numbers up 17.3% in first four months
19 May, 2015
The UAE’s main airports handled 17.3 per cent more passengers in the first four months of the year compared to a year earlier as local airlines add more capacity to their networks. A total of 37.84 million passengers arrived, transferred and departed at airports in the country from January to April compared to 32.24 million a year ago, according to data from federal regulator, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Dubai International, which last year overtook London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, saw a 14 per cent rise in passenger numbers to 27.5 million. Emirates and flydubai are driving growth at Dubai International with an additional 12 per cent and 17 per cent of seating capacity, respectively, in the first four months, stated Will Horton, senior analyst at CAPA — Centre for Aviation.