August - another month of double digit passenger growth for Dubai

In the month of August, the Dubai International Airport witnessed the passenger traffic rising by more than 10%. The recent development appears after double digit growth in the previous two months.

Dubai Airports Company said in a statement that last month the airport observed a 10.7% hike in passenger numbers, compared in the month of June increases of 10.3% and in July 12.6%.

In the month of August, Dubai International managed a total of 3,729,879 passengers, as compared to 3,368,260 during the same period previous year.

This year, the airport's monthly passenger throughput surpassed the 3.7 million mark for the second time, following the record-breaking 3.76 million passengers recorded in July.

"Consistent growth during the first eight months of 2009 has seen the year to date passenger traffic reach 26,878,331, compared to 25,182,526 for the corresponding period in 2008, an increase of
6.7 percent," said the company.

Dubai International managed to retain its position among the world's top five hubs for international cargo volumes, in spite of the global downturn.

A total of 163,427 tonnes of air freight were handled by Dubai Airports Cargo in August 2009, compared to 158,714 tonnes in August 2008; up 2.9 percent.

Passenger traffic grew by 2.5 percent in August, as per Abu Dhabi Airports Company.