DALLAS – Dubai International Airport (DXB), serving the largest city of the United Arab Emirates, and home to the largest airline in the Middle East, has reported its passenger traffic results for the first half of 2023, finally surpassing the levels obtained before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
During the first six months of the year, the airport saw 41.6 million passengers pass through its gates, either initiating or ending their journey or through a connecting flight. The total number of movements increased by 13% compared to 2019, peaking at 201,800 departures and arrivals.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said, “It’s been a rewarding first half for Dubai International and amidst increasing guest numbers…as we recover with our H1 traffic surpassing pre-pandemic levels, we continue to remain committed to ensuring every guest who travels through our airport leaves with a smile.”
Regarding cargo operations, DXB is still positioned among the 20 busiest in the world, even though its performance has worsened throughout the years by 6.2%.
Shortly to be the most populated country in the world, India is by far the most-served destination from Dubai. Photo: Marco Russo/Airways.
India is on Top of the Lead
India has obtained the best results after experiencing one of the quickest and most significant expansions of the aviation industry. It is today the most selected final destination for passengers traveling from or through Dubai International Airport, with 6 million passengers flying to their respective national airports.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia then follows India, and we don’t see a European country until third place, belonging to the United Kingdom with 2.8 million passengers. The United States is fifth, with 1.8 million.
Dubai Airport offers one of the most extensive route networks worldwide, with an impressive list of 257 destinations distributed across 104 countries and served by 91 airlines.