Dubai Airports announced its expectations for passenger traffic by the end of this year to reach 64.3 million passengers through Dubai International Airport, in light of the exceptional performance indicators achieved by the airport during the third quarter of this year, in addition to the expected growth in the number of passengers during the last three months.
Dubai International Airport witnessed a strong performance at the beginning of the second half of this year, exceeding the average monthly passenger numbers of 6 million passengers. The airport received about 18.5 million passengers during the third quarter of 2022, marking the first time that the number of passengers in three months reached pre-pandemic levels, as the airport received approximately 17.8 million passengers during the first quarter of 2020 before the start of the global pandemic.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “We have witnessed a strong performance this year and a steady rise in passenger numbers, exceeding our expectations. This impressive performance embodies the results of the fruitful cooperation and tireless efforts of all strategic partners and the aviation community in Dubai with the aim of providing services according to the highest standards and providing an exceptional travel experience. Our strategy based on cooperation and excellence in providing services has contributed to raising the level and quality of services to meet the requirements of travelers and achieve their satisfaction, and this matter is an indicator of achieving excellence.”
Figures and Statistics
Dubai International Airport recorded a double increase in the number of passengers during the third quarter of this year, bringing the total number of passengers to 18,455,938 million passengers during that period, receiving about 46,340,826 million passengers from January to September of this year, recording an increase of 167.9% over annual basis. These strong results indicate that 72% of passenger traffic through Dubai International Airport was achieved during the same period in 2019 before the global pandemic.
Freight movement was affected due to the reduction in the capacity of air freight and the directing of some passenger flights to Dubai World Central Airport last March. Cargo services at Dubai International Airport amounted to about 397,676 tons of air freight during the third quarter of this year, with a total of 1,307,691 tons during the nine nine months. The first months of 2022, recording a decline of 23.3%. flights
The total number of trips during the third quarter of this year amounted to 98,577 trips, bringing the total number of trips from January to September of this year to 274,911 trips, with a relative increase estimated at 159.5% on an annual basis.
The most important international travel destinations
India retained its position as the first destination for Dubai International Airport in terms of the number of passengers, with a total of 6.8 million passengers, mainly driven by an increase in the number of passengers during nine months of this year. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia came in second place with a total of 3.4 million passengers, followed by the United Kingdom with 3.2 million passengers, then Pakistan with 2.7 million passengers, the United States of America with 2.2 million passengers, and finally Australia with 1.1 million passengers.
As for the top three city destinations, London took the lead with a total of 2 million passengers, followed by Riyadh with 1.5 million passengers, then Mumbai with 1.3 million passengers.