DXB passenger traffic dips 2.2% in first quarter

By Rajive Singh

Welcomes 22.2 million in Q1 2019

DUBAI 6 May 2019: Dubai International airport (DXB), has welcomed 22.2 million passengers in the first quarter of 2019, down 2.2 percent from the same period last year due largely to reduced flights and a shift in the timing of the Easter holiday.

The first quarter of 2019 saw a total of 22,230,810 customers served. The average monthly passenger traffic volume of 7.41 million was slightly lower than the average monthly traffic of 7.42 million recorded in 2018, a DXB statement revealed. It noted that a total of 641,250 tonnes of airfreight was handled at DXB during the first three months of 2019 up 4.1 percent.

Total passenger flights during the first three months of 2019 totalled 95,857, down three percent from last year partially due to the grounding of 737 Max aircraft in effect since 13th March in the UAE.

India Tops

India continued to hold to its position as DXB’s top destination country by passenger numbers, with traffic for the quarter reaching 3,121,809, propelled mainly by top city destinations Mumbai, Delhi and Cochin.

Saudi Arabia was number two on the list with 1,745,750 customers, followed closely by the United Kingdom with 1,511,917customers.

The top three cities were London with 871,180 customers, Mumbai and Jeddah, with 624,442 and 605,628 customers respectively.

Fastest Growing

The GCC was the fastest growing region with growth of 3.8 percent, followed by North America with 2.7 percent growth.

Wait times were reduced by 30 percent in Q1 2019, thanks to DXB’s advanced operations centre which uses real-time information to improve service and efficiency, as well as the smart gates that help speed customers through immigration.

Some 13.3 million bags, down 0.9 percent, passed through Dubai International’s 175 km long baggage system during the first quarter of the year.

Dubai Gazette