Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Dubai passenger numbers continue to surge

Dubai's airports have registered another year of growth as it's passenger numbers reached 50.98 million in 2011, up 8% over 47.2 million in 2010. December was a particularly busy month with 4.69 million, an increase of 10.2% compared with December 2010.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports is clearly thrilled at the progress:

“Recording 51 million passengers in our 51st year of operations may be somewhat coincidental but it speaks volumes of the momentum building at one of the world’s fastest growing international hubs. In a year that was characterised by economic uncertainty, political instability and high oil prices passenger growth continued unabated driven by new routes and additional frequencies as airlines capitalised on Dubai’s attractiveness as a business and tourism destination and efficiency as a transfer hub. That trend will continue in 2012 with our two largest airlines – Emirates and fly dubai – are set to receive additional aircraft throughout the year”

The success of its passenger numbers can be attributed to the large number of super jumbo's that operate into it along with the increased destinations that it serves as a hub. These growth figures are also backed up by the boom in its duty free services which continue to post record profits.

The news is clearly excellent news for Dubai's airports but it would be intriging to see the numbers that actually leave the airport and visit Dubai. It is not necessarily a problem for Dubai but it could become a destination where people ask if you have been to Dubai and the answer is no, but I've passed through the airport.