The use of e-gates by those taking flights to Dubai has increased, according to new figures.

The use of e-gates by those taking flights to Dubai has increased, according to new figures.Data from the Dubai government reveal that over two million passengers passed through the airport’s electronic gates in the first ten months of 2010.

Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director-general of Dubai Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, revealed that a total of 2,970,145 people used the e-gates to the end of October – an increase of 217,381 passengers compared to 2009.

According to Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, the number of passengers expected to travel through Dubai International Airport could total more than 90 million by the end of 2020.

He added: “Over the past 50 years Dubai International has seen passenger numbers increase by an average 15.5 per cent annually.”

“By the end of 2011 passenger numbers will have almost quadrupled in ten years from 13.5 million in 2001 to over 52 million.”

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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