Dubai Airport Remains World's Busiest Airport

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Dal Kikin
January 30, 2019

Dubai International, DXB in 2018 retained the title of the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. It is curious that this top airport is headed for the fifth year in a row.

According to a press release from the company-operator Dubai Airports, over the past year, a record 89.149 million passengers made international flights through Dubai Airport. This is 1% higher than in 2017.

The average monthly traffic last year was 7.4 million people, while the mark of 8 million passengers was exceeded twice - in July (8.2 million) and in August (8.4 million). As a result, last August was the busiest month in the 58-year history of the airport.

The number of flights in the Dubai Harbor in 2018 decreased by 0.3% - to 408.251 thousand. The average number of passengers on each flight increased by 1.3% and reached 226.

The largest passenger flow among countries was in India (about 12.28 million people). Next in the ranking of countries followed by Saudi Arabia (over 6.471 million people) and the United Kingdom (almost 6.285 million people).

Among the cities, the leaders were London (3.818 million people), Mumbai (2.541 million people) and Kuwait (2.195 million people).

The most significant percentage increase in workload was recorded on routes to / from Eastern Europe - by 16.7%, followed by the CIS - by 12.9% and Africa - by 9.8%.

Dubai International Airport for the first time bypassed London Heathrow, becoming the leader in terms of the number of passengers transported abroad, in 2014 and has since retained the first place in this indicator.

Dubai Airports owns and operates two Dubai air harbors - Dubai International Airport (Dubai International) and Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai World Central, DWC).

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport in the United States is the busiest international airport with regard to domestic flights.

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