Dubai International has retained its title as the world´s number one airport for international passengers with annual traffic reaching 83.6m passengers in 2016, according to the annual traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.
DXB´s annual traffic in 2016 totaled 83,654,250 passengers, compared to 78,014,838 in 2015, up 7.2 per cent. The surge of travelers during the holiday season boosted monthly traffic in December to 7,706,351, up 9.3 per cent compared to 7,053,243 recorded in December 2015.
During 2016 a number of new airlines, including Nepal Airlines and Rossiya, launched services to DXB, while 11 new passenger destinations were added to the hub following network expansion by flydubai, Emirates, and other carriers.
DXB also leads the way globally in terms of the average number of passengers per flight which reached 209 during 2016, up 4 per cent from the same period in 2015.
Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation and development of both of Dubai´s airports, Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).