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Dubai airport world’s tenth biggest

July 11, 2007 at 5:21 pm (Dubai, Dubai Metro, UAE)

Dubai International Airport has been ranked the world’s tenth biggest by international traffic, according to data from Airports Council International.

Gulf News reports that Dubai occupied the number ten spot for the last 12 months, after Bangkok and just ahead of Seoul, South Korea.

Dubai showed strong growth in its half-yearly report, with an 18% rise in passengers, up from 13.2 million to 16.2 million, and an 11% freight increase.

The airport has seen seven years of strong growth, and reflects a regional boom in air traffic.

Shaikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman and CEO of Emirates group said “We have been registering an average annual growth of over 15%, so the first half of this year is very satisfying.”

January and March were the two busiest months, with 2.8 million travellers recorded for each.

Aircraft movements grew by 9.5% with 22,000 flights in January alone, an increase of 11%. Movements are likely to increase further with the launch of a second runway later this year, and the opening of Terminal 3 and Concourse 2 by mid-2008.

Source: arabianbusiness

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