Dubai International passenger traffic hits 8.2 million in July 2018

The summer rush has helped the passenger numbers at DXB continue on their exponential increase.


Dubai International (DXB) recorded its second busiest month ever surpassing the eight million passenger mark in July, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

The airport clocked monthly traffic exceeding eight million passengers on three other occasions last year – in January (8.03 million), July (8.06 million) and August (8.23 million). Passenger numbers in July totalled 8,207,987, up 1.8 per cent compared to 8,065,789 recorded in July 2017.

Year to date passenger traffic in 2018, reached 51,947,092 up 1.6 per cent compared to 51,120,057 recorded during the first seven months in 2017.

In terms of growth rate, Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in July with traffic surging 24.4 per cent – mainly fuelled by flydubai’s route development plan, followed by CIS (up 18.34 per cent) with major contributions from the Russian market and destinations such as Bishkek, Baku and Almaty among others, and Africa ( up 9.7 per cent).

India retained its position as the top destination country with 1,032,302 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (583,975 passengers) and the UK (581,557 passengers). London, with 358,201 passengers, topped the list of the most popular destinations served from DXB by traffic volume in July, followed by Kuwait (221,696), Mumbai (209,205) and Riyadh (200,411). 

Flight movements during July reached 35,393, up 3.5 per cent compared to 34,181 movements recorded during July 2017. Year to date flight movements totalled 237,177 compared to 240,179 recorded during the first seven months of 2017, a contraction of 1.2 per cent. Passengers per movement remained high at 238, but registered a contraction of 2.1 per cent compared to the record high of 243 recorded in July 2017.  

DXB recorded robust growth in cargo in July with volumes totalling 223,488 tonnes compared to 213,258 tonnes in July 2017, up 4.8 per cent. Year to date cargo volumes reached 1,491,649 compared to 1,516,169 tonnes of cargo recorded during the same period in 2017, a contraction of 1.6 per cent. 

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