Aeronautical Revenue registered a robust growth of 12% thanks to a solid uplift in overall aviation activity supported by an integrated airline engagement strategy.
Boosted by the growth of some 100 international airlines that connect DXB to more than 240 destinations around the world, annual passenger traffic at DXB surged 10.7 per cent to reach a record 78 million passengers in 2015 while aircraft movement surged 14.1% to reach 403,517.
The year witnessed DXB welcoming four new airlines including Air Canada from Toronto, Eurowings from Cologne, Sichuan Airlines from Yinchuan and Philippines Airlines replacing PAL Express services to Manila. Some 40 airlines, including flydubai, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Indigo, Saudia, Jet Airways and SpiceJet increased their services into DXB, while 15 new non-stop passenger destinations were also added thanks primarily to the network expansion of Dubai-based airlines flydubai and Emirates.
India retained its position as Dubai’s single largest destination country during the year with 10.3 million passengers, a year on year growth of 17 per cent while the UK was placed second with 5.6 million passengers, followed closely by Saudi Arabia at 5.4 million passengers. In terms of destination cities, Doha retained the top spot with 2.7 million passengers (+18 per cent) followed closely by London with 2.6 million passengers (+1 per cent) and Mumbai with 2.2 million passengers (+14 per cent).
Despite the transfer of all pure cargo operators from DXB to Dubai World Central, cargo volumes remained relatively steady at DXB with 2.5 million tonnes of air freight passing through the airport during the year, year on year growth of 3.4 per cent.
DWC had an equally eventful year – during which the airport marked its fifth anniversary by making it to the world’s top 20 hubs for international freight on the Airports Council International’s list. DWC welcomed 463,236 passengers and handled 888,714 tonnes of cargo in 2015 with annual aircraft movements totalling 42,055. The launch of flydubai’s operations at DWC in October was the highlight of the year and a major boost for the new airport.
Dubai Airports continued building on our partnerships with the airlines community through increased engagement in order to maintain and further develop our hub and business positions.
During 2015, we organised various airline engagement events internally, prominent among them being the On-Time-Performance Awards and the Schedule Coordination Committee Meeting.
The OTP awards is an annual event were the most punctual airlines receive an award for their On-Time-Performance while the schedule coordination committee meeting is a bi-annual event aimed to discuss the upcoming IATA season’s declaration. The two events help in maintaining a close relationship with our airlines customers and offer an additional opportunity to conduct one-to-one network development discussions.
Internationally, Dubai Airports participated in various route and market development conferences to maximise our airline marketing reach and further engage with potential new operators.
Beside the campaigns in the main route development conferences (Routes World – Durban and Routes Asia – Kuching), prospective airlines were engaged during the year through a number of targeted field trips. Additionally, Dubai Airports’ presence at the World Travel Market – London (in support of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing) assured direct engagement with the tour and cruise operators to stimulate new traffic opportunities into Dubai.
Dubai Airports’ approach to maintaining a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with airlines along with its passenger centric marketing approach was recognised when airlines voted Dubai International the overall winner of the Routes Middle East & Africa Marketing Awards in June followed by the World Routes Marketing Award (50 million passenger category) at the 21st World Route Development Forum in Durban, South Africa in September.