In 2015, Dubai International not only retained its position as the world’s number one hub for international passengers - it further extended its lead over competing hubs by registering annual traffic of just over 78 million. Additionally it ascended the ranks for total passenger numbers rising from sixth spot in 2014 to third in 2015.
Boosted by the growth of some 100 airlines that connect the airport to more than 240 destinations around the world, most notably Emirates and flydubai, annual passenger traffic at DXB surged 10.7% to reach a record 78,014,838 passengers in 2015 compared to 70,473,893 recorded during 2014.
Twice during the year, in August and again in December, monthly traffic at the airport breached the 7 million passenger mark while the average monthly traffic during the year was 6.5 million.
During the year, DXB welcomed new airlines including Air Canada from Toronto, Eurowings from Cologne and China Southern from Wuhan, among others. A total of 12 new passenger destinations were also added thanks to the ongoing network expansion of Dubai-based airlines flydubai and Emirates.
A traditionally strong market, India retained its position as Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2015 with 10,391,376 passengers, followed by the UK with 5,682,307 passengers (+6%), and Saudi Arabia at 5,466,358 (+12%). Doha retained its position as the top destination city served by DXB with 2,782,600 passengers (+18%) followed closely by London with 2,659,602 passengers (+1%) and Mumbai with 2,214,221 passengers (+14%).
Spurred by Emirates’ network expansion and ongoing growth on routes to the region, North America topped the regional markets in terms of percentage growth in 2015 (+25 per cent), followed by the GCC (+15%), and Asia (+12%).
Aircraft movements in 2015 reached 403,517, up 14.1% compared to 353,507 movements recorded during 2014.
Despite the transfer of all pure cargo operators from DXB to Dubai World Central, cargo volumes remained relatively steady, with 2,506,092 tonnes of air freight passing through the airport during the year, up 3.4% compared to 2,423,677 tonnes recorded during 2014.