Dubai DXB retains its position as the world’s busiest airport

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Dubai International Airport (DXB) retained its position as the world’s busiest in December, with over one million more seats than the next busiest, London Heathrow, according to UK-based aviation consultancy, Official Airlines Guides (OAG).

OAG’s top ten busiest airports were remained relatively unchanged, except Frankfurt, which slipped from the 5th to 6th busiest airport. Dublin dropped out of the list after being replaced by Miami in 10th place.

In December, Dubai’s passenger capacity increased to 15 percent month over month to almost 3.5 million seats, as the UAE received thousands of tourists during its peak tourism season. In the second half of December, during the month’s peak seasonal period, Dubai International’s Terminal 3 is expected to serve more than 1.6 million passengers.

Paul Griffiths
Paul Griffiths
CEO – Dubai Airports

“Reaching the point where 100 percent of our facilities are now open and serving customers, plus the huge resurgence in passengers arriving into Dubai marks an important milestone for the aviation sector as well as for Dubai and its economic growth. We took early steps to implement best-in-class hygiene and health protocols, fast-track PCR testing facilities, and enhanced customer service and guest support resources to ensure the comfort, convenience and safety of travelers and this have resulted in a strong recovery towards pre-pandemic levels of passengers.”

Recently, the final phase of Concourse A at DXB Terminal 3 was opened making the airport fully operational. In October, the number of visitors to Dubai surpassed one million, and in November, DXB passed the crucial milestone of one million passengers per week, with origin-destination passengers hitting 94 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

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