The number of customers served slid slightly, by 0.8 per cent on the prior month, to 6,897,169 in November but, nonetheless, DXB’s year-to-date numbers were up 1.3 per cent at 81,426,428.
Some 5.8 million bags passed through the airport’s 175km long baggage system during October, an increase of 2.3 per cent over the same period last year.
In a major boost for those using the hub, waiting times were reduced by 45 per cent in November, according to DXB, thanks to the state-of-the-art operations centre at the facility which leverages real-time information to improve service and efficiency while the smart gates help speed customers through immigration.
India remained DXB’s top destination country by customer numbers, with total traffic reaching 1,032,662 during the month. Saudi Arabia climbed one rank to reach the second spot with 509,446 customers, followed by the UK with 466,459 customers. Other markets of note include the US(235,523 customers) and China (189,466).
The top three destination cities were London (275,141 customers), Mumbai (221,812) and New Delhi (183,680), DXB said.
With a growth of 6.9 per cent,North Americaheld its position as the fastest growing region, followed closely by Africa at 6.8 per cent and Eastern Europegrowing 4.6 per ent.
Flight movements totalled 33,031 in November, a decline of 1.2 per cent on October, while the average number of customers per flight was slightly up, by 0.5 per cent, at 216.
In November 237,059 tonnes of airfreight was handled at DXB , a rise of 0.6 per cent on October, bringing the total cargo tonnage for the year to November 31 to 2,407,050, which was a slight fall of 0.8 per cent on the same period in 2017.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL