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Dubai International retains top international airport honour

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Dubai International has held on to the position of being the world's number one hub for international passengers, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

The airport registered annual traffic of more than 78 million people last year, a figure that was boosted by the growth in the number of carriers that use it to connect to more than 240 destinations worldwide.

DXB growth

There are now around 100 airlines that fly into and out of Dubai International (DXB), with Emirates and flydubai being two of the leading players in the hub's growth. A total of 12 new passenger destinations were added to the existing list of destinations being served due to the ongoing network expansion of these two Dubai-based airlines.

During last year DXB also saw new airlines including Air Canada from Toronto, Eurowings from Amsterdam and China Southern from Wuhan join the many others already operating out of the hub.

In 2015, annual passenger traffic at DXB grew by 10.7% and reached a record number of 78,014,838 passengers, compared to 70,473,893 who used the airport the previous year.

In December 2015 alone, passenger numbers totalled 7,053,243 which was an 8.5% year on year increase. The average monthly traffic for DXB in 2015 also hit a record high of 6.5 million.

Another banner year

Dubai Airports run the facility and Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said: “It's another banner year for Dubai International where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers in new ways, and retained our position as the world's number one international hub.

“But we have no time to rest on our laurels as we are already busy testing the readiness our newest facility, the $1.2 billion Concourse D, which when it opens for our 70 plus airlines this quarter, will play a crucial role in helping us welcome millions of passengers in comfort and style.”

As an important regional hub serving as a vital connecting point between long haul destinations, cargo is an important part of DXB's success story. Although all pure cargo operators were recently transferred to Dubai World Central, cargo volumes at DBX actually increased by 3.4% as 2,506,092 tonnes of air freight passed through the hub in 2015.

If you're thinking of travelling to the Middle East this year, be sure to arrange your Long-Haul Travel Insurance well in advance.

Date Created: 02 February 2016

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