May passenger numbers top five million despite runway closures

May passenger numbers top five million despite runway closures

Passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport total nearly 5.1m in May, as larger aircraft cover loss of one runway


  • Dubai International Airport welcomes 5,086,910 passengers in May 2014
  • Figures despite having only one operation runway as refurbishment takes place
  • 29.6m passengers in five months of 2014 to May, up from 27.1m in year previous

Dubai International Airport saw more than five million passengers pass through it in May, despite there only being one operational runway.

The airport’s two runways were consecutively shut for refurbishment in May but 5,086,910 passengers still used the airport – a 2.5% dip from the previous month.

It means passenger numbers in the first five months of 2014 are approaching 30 million, with 29.6m people travelling so far this year – up from 27.1m in the first five months of 2013.

Larger aircraft were used during the closures, with the numbers of passengers on each flight up 22% year on year in May.

Emirates’ fleet of A380s was used extensively during the runway upgrade period while passenger numbers are expected to remain stable until works are complete on 20 July 2014.

Dubai is one of the world’s busiest airports and passenger figures highlight its growing popularity for both tourists and those considering investment in the region.

The UAE property market is strong and visitor numbers are expected to continue rising ahead of the World Expo 2020.

With high rental returns and luxury apartments, options exist for investors looking to invest in property with notable developments in Dubai Marina – No. 9, West Avenue and Bay Central.

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