Dubai airport 2015 traffic up 10.7 percent, world’s largest for int’l passengers
DUBAI - Reuters
AFP photoDubai International Airport remained the world’s busiest for international passengers in 2015 as traffic grew 10.7 percent, boosted by the addition of new airlines and routes, the airport’s operator said on Feb. 1.
Annual traffic rose to 78 million passengers from 70.5 million in 2014. In the month of December alone, traffic climbed 8.5 percent to 7.05 million people.
The addition of 12 new passenger destinations from Dubai International lifted traffic through the airport as local carriers Emirates expanded. Air Canada, Germany’s Eurowings and China Southern also began operating in Dubai.
Last year saw regional tensions and conflicts in countries including Yemen, Iraq and Syria, but Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said in a telephone interview: “We haven’t seen any impact from regional conflicts.”
Dubai initially overtook London’s Heathrow to become the world’s busiest airport for international traffic in 2014.
Heathrow saw 75 million passengers pass through its doors in 2015, up 2.2 percent, according to figures on its website.
India retained its position as Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2015 with 10.4 million passengers, up 17 percent.