Dubai International customer numbers top 7 million in October

Dubai International (DXB) started the final quarter of the year on a positive note with seven million plus customers passing through its terminals in October.

There was moderate growth in October (2.1 per cent YOY), helping the hub’s traffic to reach 74.5 million passengers for the year.

In October, the airport served 7,007,823 taking DXB’s year to date numbers to 74,529,259 (+1.5 per cent).

In terms of baggage volumes – 5.7 million bags (+4 per cent) passed through the airport’s expansive 175 km long baggage system during October.

For waiting times, the airport said thanks to the state-of-the-art operations centre at DXB which leverages real-time information to improve service and efficiency, as well as the smart gate technology that helps speed customers through immigration, wait times were reduced by 33 per cent in October.

Flight movements increased to 33,988 (+2.2 per cent) in October while the average number of customers per flight was slightly up at 214, (0.5 per cent).

A total of 340,198 flights have taken-off or landed at DXB (-0.2 per cent) so far this year, bringing the total number of daily flight movements at DXB to 1,122.

In October 237,499 tonnes of airfreight was handled at DXB (+2.5 per cent) bringing the total cargo tonnage for the year to 2,169,991 (-0.9 per cent).