Dubai International Airport (DXB) reported that it welcomed 6.4 million passengers in October 2016.  Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,420,208 passengers, an increase of 2.7% year over year. Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 6.8% to 69,366,094 compared to 64,947,684 recorded during the first ten months of 2015. 

Eastern Europe led the pack again as the fastest-growing market in October 2016 with an increase of 25.2%, followed by South America (9.9%), Asia (8.2%) and the Indian Subcontinent (6.7%).  India remained the top destination country (901,958 passengers), followed by the UK (493,181 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (349,198 passengers).

London continued to be the top destination city out of Dubai with 301,024 passengers followed by Doha (230,561 passengers) and Mumbai (177,590 passengers).

The government of Dubai proposes $3 billion funding for the expansion of two international airports in Dubai, Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).  The two airports are set for a capacity-boosting expansion that will enable them to serve up to 146 million passengers by 2025.

A total of 35,294 flights operated at DXB during the month under review compared to 34,921 movements recorded in October 2015 representing an increase of 1.1%. Year to date 347,463 flights operated at DXB, up by 3% compared to 337,426 YoY. 

Freight volumes in October 2016 totalled 236,169 tons, up 9.5% compared to the 215,714 tons handled YoY. Year to date cargo volumes reached 2,127,589 tons, up by 2.8% compared to 2,069,360 tons YoY.