Dubai airport sees surge in traffic

There was a ten per cent rise in passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport during January, according to new figures.

Data shows that the first month of 2011 saw 4.25 million people travelling via the airport and there was also a 3.9 per cent increase in the level of international freight handled by the major transport hub.

“We have enjoyed an auspicious start to 2011,” said Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports.

“Passenger traffic growth is continuing at an impressive rate. January’s numbers are in line with our projections for an 11 per cent increase during 2011 to a total of 52.2 million passengers.”

The largest increase was the number of passengers taking flights to Dubai from other gulf states, followed by the Indian subcontinent and Western Europe.

Dubai International Airport also has one of the world’s largest duty-free shopping areas, with around 5,400 square metres of retailers.

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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