Dubai Airports has released its 2014 year-end traffic report, and the results confirm that Dubai International (DXB) has secured the number one position for international passenger numbers.
Full year passenger numbers totalled 70,475,636, which was an increase of 6.1 per cent from the 66,431,533 recorded in 2013.
Dubai Airports chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said that this historic milestone is the culmination of over five decades of double-digit average growth.
“The shared goal is to make Dubai a global centre of aviation and we are nearing that goal thanks to an open skies policy, a friendly business environment, Dubai’s growing attractiveness as a centre for trade, commerce and tourism, growing network connectivity due to the rapid expansion of Emirates and flydubai and timely investment in aviation infrastructure,” HH Sheikh Al Maktoum said.
Aircraft movements in December rose 4 per cent to 34,136, up marginally from the 32,832 recorded during December 2013.
For the full year 2014, the top market for growth in passenger volumes was Western Europe closely followed by the Indian Subcontinent, Asia and North America.
Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul Griffiths, said that 2015 promises to be another eventful year featuring more record passenger numbers.
“Today we are also releasing our projections for 2015 traffic at Dubai International which forecast 79 million passengers. We will have more flights connecting more people to more destinations. And we will be fully focussed on rolling out technology, new F&B concepts and service initiatives that further enhance the passenger experience,” Mr Griffiths said.