Dubai International Airport (DXB) announced that during the first five months of 2016, DXB welcomed 34,648,953 passengers which represents a year on year growth of 7% compared to 32,384,620 passengers during the same period last year.

In the month of May, Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region (16.6%). It was followed closely by the GCC region registering year on year growth of 16.3% – propelled mainly by a surge in contribution from destinations like Jeddah, Riyadh and Doha, while Asia grew 10%.

“With near record numbers expected in the coming weeks as a result of the seasonal travel peak, we are looking at solid growth for the first half of 2016,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

In terms of total passenger numbers, India topped all countries with a total of 989,680 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (549,091), the UK (435,251), and Pakistan (327,178) while the top cities for passenger traffic were London (280,945), Doha (243,845) and Mumbai (214,061).

In May, aircraft movements totalled 34,284, up 0.6% compared to 34,086 recorded during May 2015. Year to date flight numbers reached 175,071 compared to 167,654 aircraft movements recorded during the same period last year, an increase of 4.4%.

Dubai International welcomed more than 6.9 million passengers in April 2016

Freight volumes at DXB continued to grow steadily in May reaching 226,916 tonnes compared to 216,712 tonnes in May 2015, and increase of 4.7%. During the first five months of 2016 cargo volumes handled at DXB totalled 1,055,850 tonnes, up 4% compared to 1,015,482 tonnes handled during the same period last year.