January 7 2019  |  Airlines & Airports

Dubai Airport welcomes 6.9m customers in November

By Hibah Noor

India remains DXB’s top destination country by customer numbers, with North America as the fastest-growing region

Dubai International (DXB) welcomed 6.9 million customers in November 2018, bringing the hub’s year-to-date traffic to 81.4 million passengers.

The airport served 6,897,169 customers in November (-0.8%), taking DXB’s year-to-date numbers to 81,426,428 (+1.3%).

Wait times were reduced by 45% in November, thanks to the state-of-the-art operations centre, 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 included the US (235,523 customers) and China (189,466).

The top three cities were London (275,141 customers), Mumbai (221,812) and New Delhi (183,680).

With a growth of 6.9%, North America held its position as the fastest-growing region, followed closely by Africa at 6.8% and Eastern Europe growing 4.6%.

Flight movements totaled 33,031 (-1.2%) in November, while the average number of customers per flight was slightly up at 216 (0.5%).

A total of 373,229 flights have taken off or landed at DXB (-0.3%) so far this year, bringing the total number of daily flight movements to 1,120.

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