Dubai airport passenger traffic rises 17% in Jan.

23 Feb 2010

(MENAFN) The Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Airports said that the Dubai International airport passenger traffic swelled to 3,861,525 in January this year, as compared to 3,300,907 in the same period last year, an increase of 17 percent, WAM reported.

Cargo continued its strong upward trend with the fourth consecutive month of double-digit increases with freight volumes surging 31.5 percent. Dubai Airports Cargo handled 171,453 tons of freight in January this year compared to 130,375 tons during the same month in 2009, the CEO said.

The steep increase in freight volumes in January is the result of a surge in economic activity as well as the continued expansion of Emirates Skycargo both of which contributed to a 39.9 percent rise in trans-shipments, a 33.6 percent increase in exports and a 29.3 percent uplift in imports.

A portion of that traffic growth will be accommodated at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International when it opens in June for cargo operations, he said.

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