Dubai International airport's passenger traffic drops 5.6% in H1 2019

Total passenger flights during the first six months of 2019 totalled 178,383, down 11.6% from last year

Total passenger flights during the first six months of 2019 totalled 178,383 [Image for illustrative purposes].
Total passenger flights during the first six months of 2019 totalled 178,383 [Image for illustrative purposes].

Dubai International (DXB) welcomed 41.3 million passengers in the first half of 2019. While it continued to maintain its position as the world’s largest international airport by traffic volume.

The closure of one of DXB’s two runways between April 16 and May 30 for a complete rehabilitation programme reduced the airport’s capacity, contributing to a decline in traffic of 5.6% year-on-year.

A total of 41,277,749 customers travelled through DXB during the first half of 2019 (-5.6%). The closure of the southern runway for refurbishment halved the hub’s runway capacity leading to a reduction of 32% in passenger flights over a 45-day period.

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Total passenger flights during the first six months of 2019 totalled 178,383, down 11.6% from last year, also due to the 45-day closure of the southern runway.

India remained DXB’s top destination country by passenger numbers, with traffic for the first half reaching 5.7 million customers – propelled mainly by top city destinations Mumbai and Delhi. Saudi Arabia was number two on the list with 3.1 million customers, followed closely by the United Kingdom with 2.8 million customers. Other destination countries of note include Pakistan (1.9 million customers), the U.S. (1.5 million), and China (1.2 million).

The top three cities were London (1.6 million customers), Mumbai (1.1 million customers) and Jeddah with just over one million customers each.

DXB is the world’s number one airport in terms of international passenger traffic and number three globally in terms of total passenger traffic as reported by Airports Council International.

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