Dubai Airports ups annual passenger forecast to 64.3m after robust Q3

Dubai Airports ups annual passenger forecast to 64.3m after robust Q3

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Dubai Airports has once again increased its annual forecast for passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) to 64.3 million following a strong performance by the hub in the third quarter. 

DXB started the second half of the year with a bang, with average monthly traffic exceeding the 6 million mark throughout the third quarter. The hub recorded 18.5 million passengers in Q3, the first time that quarterly traffic reached pre-pandemic levels since 2020. 

DXB had recorded 17.8 million passengers in the first quarter of 2020 prior to the pandemic.

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Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: "The growth in passenger traffic has been terrific throughout the year and continues to exceed our expectations by a margin. While we are thrilled with the numbers, what really gives us immense satisfaction is how the airport community is working together like a well-oiled machine to keep raising the bar on service quality. Our collaborative approach and service transformation initiatives are making a tangible difference in the happiness of our customers, and that remains our ultimate measure of success." 

Key Figures: Passenger volumes at DXB recorded a triple digit surge in the third quarter to reach 18,455,938, propelling the year-to-date September traffic to 46,340,826 passengers, a year-on-year increase of 167.6%. The YTD traffic volume represents 72% of DXB’s pre-pandemic passenger traffic during the same period in 2019.


Flights: Flight movements in Q3 surged to 98,577 at DXB, propelling the number of flight movements recorded between January and September to 274,911, up by 159.5% year-on-year.

Top Destinations: India was DXB’s top country destination, recording 6.8 million passengers in the first nine months of the year. Saudi Arabia was second with 3.4m passengers followed by the UK (3.2m passengers) and Pakistan (2.7m passengers). 

Other source markets of note were the US and Australia with 2.2m and 1.1m in passenger traffic respectively. The top three cities by traffic were London (2m passengers), Riyadh (1.5m) and Mumbai (1.3m).

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