Emirates News Agency – DXB retains world’s busiest international airport for 8th consecutive year with 29.1m passengers in 2021

DUBAI, 22nd February, 2022 (WAM) — Dubai International (DXB) continues to be the world’s busiest airport by number of international passengers for the eighth consecutive year after recording 29.1 million annual traffic in 2021. The DXB’s annual traffic exceeded forecasts for the year by more than half a million passengers, after a strong last quarter.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, described an eventful year which, despite the uncertainties of the global pandemic, featured many milestones that demonstrate several bold steps taken by Dubai and its aviation sector to lead the recovery of air travel worldwide, including the successful hosting of Dubai Airshow 2021, the world’s first major airshow since the start of the pandemic, the return of DXB to 100% operational capacity with the reopening of Terminal 1-Concourse D and Concourse D A, and the opening of the world’s largest internal airshow airport laboratory for expedited processing of Covid-19 PCR test samples for visitors to Dubai.

The airport also welcomed a record number of new airlines connecting Dubai to new destinations and joined the rest of the city in creating a warm welcome for millions of visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai.

Describing DXB’s performance in 2021 as nothing short of impressive, Griffiths said: “Despite unprecedented unrest affecting millions around the world, we overcame many serious obstacles to the operation of the world’s largest international hub. world and have provided smooth, comfortable and safe journeys for millions of people traveling through DXB.This incredible performance by all of our staff and stakeholders has been achieved in the face of drastically changing travel regulations and concerns about new waves of infection.Despite these serious challenges to our continued success, we have managed to exceed our own forecasts and continue to retain our title as the busiest international airport in the world.

“With the much-anticipated reopening of key markets such as Australasia and the further relaxation of travel regulations around the world, the outlook for 2022 is very promising and we are in an excellent position to continue to lead the global transport sector. aerial on the way to recovery.”

Current forecasts indicate that traffic via DXB could reach 55.1 million by the end of 2022, but Griffiths acknowledges that if current trends continue, this figure could be exceeded significantly.

Key facts and figures DXB welcomed 29,110,609 passengers for the year 2021, representing a growth of 12.7% year-on-year. The numbers were propelled by robust growth in the last three months of the year in which DXB recorded 11,794,046 passengers, 77% more than the previous quarter. It was the busiest quarter since the first quarter of 2020, and the first time since the start of the pandemic that DXB’s quarterly traffic exceeded the 10 million mark. December was the busiest month of the year with 4.5 million passengers.

Top destinations India maintained its position as the top destination country for DXB in terms of passenger volume, with passenger traffic for 2021 totaling 4.2 million, followed by Pakistan with 1.8 million, Saudi Arabia with 1.5 million and from the UK with 1.2 million passengers. Other notable destination countries include the United States (1.1 million passengers), Egypt (1 million) and Turkey (945,000 passengers).

DXB’s main destination cities in 2021 were Istanbul with 916,000 passengers, Cairo (905,000), London (814,000) and New Delhi (791,000 passengers). DXB is currently connected to 198 destinations in 93 countries via 84 international carriers, significantly more than in 2019 before the pandemic.

Flights The number of flight movements at DXB reached 77,671 during the fourth quarter, bringing annual flight movements to 233,375, representing year-on-year growth of 28.1%. The average number of passengers per flight reached 154, down 18.9% year-on-year.

Cargo Cargo continued its strong performance throughout the year, ending with 614,834 tonnes of cargo in the fourth quarter (7.5%), bringing the annual cargo volume in 2021 up 20% to 2,319,185 tonnes .