Dubai airport passenger traffic grows 22.6%

Dubai-AirportFor the month of February, Dubai's airport observed 22.6% increases in passenger traffic, as compared to the same month last year, motivated by a growth in capacity through Western Europe, India and the Middle East routes.

On Monday, Dubai Airports said in a statement that in the month of February the airport handled 3.5 million passengers as compared to 3.1 million in the year-ago period.

The company credited the increase to "a strong ramp-up of capacity" into the three regions by different carriers.

January assessed record passenger traffic of more than 3.8 million.

In the month of February, Cargo handled totaled 171,707 tons, up 26.7% from a year before.

The company expressed, "Rising shippers' confidence and the re-stocking of inventories worldwide is influencing freight volumes that are already buoyed by increasing economic activity, particularly in Asia."

In the statement, Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said that he expected expansion to carry on throughout the year, helped with a surprised in economic activity globally, and Dubai's flagship airline Emirates planning to start new routes.