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Dubai International Secures Spot as World's Busiest Airport

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | February 02, 2016

Dubai International Secures Spot as World's Busiest Airport

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Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates announced Monday that the facility served over 78 million passengers in 2015, securing its spot as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.

According to, Dubai International Airport saw a total of 78,014,838 passengers pass through the facility last year, a 10.7 percent increase over the 2014 numbers. The No. 2 airport for international passengers—London’s Heathrow—only totaled 69.8 million customers in 2015.

One of the main reasons for the increase in numbers at Dubai’s airport was the success in the Indian market. Last year, 10,391,376 passengers traveled to and from India, up 17 percent from 2014. The United Kingdom was also a market that thrived in 2015, with 5,682,307 passengers traveling between the countries, a six percent increase.

In 2015, Dubai International Airport exceeded seven million passengers served in a single month on two separate occasions, which helped the average monthly passenger traffic numbers hit a record high of 6.5 million. The airport also saw an increase in cargo traffic in 2015, with the facility handling 2,506,092 metric tons of air freight last year, a 3.4 percent increase from 2014.

Another reason for the increased success was a series of new international routes to Toronto, Canada; Cologne, Germany; and Wuhan, China.

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