As DXB retains the title of world’s busiest international airport for the 8th time, we reveal its biggest passenger source markets
DXB welcomed 29,110,609 passengers during 2021, a year-on year-growth of 12.7%. The numbers were propelled by a robust growth in Q4, during which DXB recorded 11,794,046 passengers, 77% more than in the previous quarter. It was the busiest quarter since Q1 2020, and the first time since the start of the pandemic that DXB’s quarterly traffic surpassed the 10 million mark. December 2021 was the busiest month of the year with 4.5 million passengers treading DXB’s tarmac, and here’s a breakdown of the source markets by passenger volume.
DXB’s top country destinations during 2021:
India retained its position as the top destination country for DXB by passenger volume, with passenger traffic for 2021 totalling 4.2m.
Pakistan came second with 1.8m passengers.
3. Saudi Arabia
KSA came third with passenger traffic for 2021 reaching 1.5m.
1.2m passengers travelled from the United Kingdom, putting the UK in fourth place.
Rounding out the top five, the US market totalled 1.1m passengers.
Other destination of note include Egypt (1m passengers) and Turkey (945,000 passengers), with the majority of those transiting via the tourist hotspots of Cairo and Istanbul.
DXB’s top city destination during 2021:
1. Istanbul, Turkey with 916,000 passengers
2. Cairo, Egypt (905,000)
3. London, UK (814,000)
4. New Delhi, India (791,000 passengers)
DXB is currently connected to 198 destinations in 93 countries, with 84 international carriers, which is significantly more than in 2019, before the pandemic hit.
Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation and development of both of Dubai’s airports – DXB and DWC. The latter hosted the successful Dubai Airshow 2021 event, the world’s first major airshow since the start of the pandemic, contributing to DXB’s high figures.