Due to the hub’s impressive third-quarter performance and the likelihood of an even larger jump in the final three months of 2022, Dubai Airports has increased its year prediction for passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) to 64.3 million.
DXB had a strong start to the second half of the year, with third-quarter average monthly traffic topping the 6-million-mark. For the first time since 2020, the hub’s quarterly traffic reached pre-pandemic levels in Q3 with 18.5 million passengers. Prior to the pandemic, DXB had 17.8 million passengers in the first quarter of 2020.
“The growth in passenger traffic has been fantastic all year and continues to far outperform our forecasts. Even while we are overjoyed with the numbers, what really makes us really happy is how the airport community is cooperating to continually raise the bar on service quality. According to Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, “Our collaborative approach and service transformation efforts are making a real difference in the enjoyment of our customers.
Third-quarter passenger numbers at DXB increased by triple digits to 18,455,938, bringing the month of September’s total traffic to 46,340,826, an increase of 167.6% over the same month last year. The YTD traffic volume is equivalent to 72% of the passenger volume at DXB before the pandemic during the same time in 2019.
As a result of all major freight carriers returning to Dubai World Central (DWC) from DXB in March, demand for cargo continued to decline in Q3. In the third quarter, DXB recorded 397,676 tonnes of freight, bringing the total for the first nine months of 2022 to 1,307,691 tonnes, a decrease of 23.3% from the same period last year.
Regarding flights, DXB had an increase of 98,577 flight movements in the third quarter, bringing the total number of flight movements from January through September to 274,911, or a 159.5% year-over-year increase.
With 6.8 million passengers in the first nine months of the year, India was the top country destination for DXB in terms of traffic volume. With 3.4 million passengers, Saudi Arabia came in second, ahead of the UK (3.2 million), Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia (2.7m passengers).
The US and Australia were noteworthy country markets, with 2.2 million and 1.1 million passengers, respectively. London (2 million passengers), Riyadh (1.5 million), and Mumbai were the top three cities in terms of traffic (1.3m).