UAE flights surge by 7.3% in July

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) released monthly report on aviation figures for the month of July. UAE total air traffic movements in July were 58,620 that is 7.3 per cent more than what was reported during the corresponding period last year.

Dubai International Airport saw 26,109 flight movements during the period. State backed airlines Etihad and Emirates are among the leading national and international airlines that invested open heatedly in the aviation sector in a bid to become the top rated carriers in the world. They made adequate use of religious travelers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Dubai’s international airport is all set to become one of the exemplary airports of the world as Dubai’s rulers approved its expansion plans by sanctioning $7.8bn for the prestigious airport. Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, said last month that airport’s capacity would be boosted to 75 million from the existing capacity of 60 million travelers by the end of 2012.

GCAA issued 351 new crew licenses, renewed 224 licenses, and conducted 72 crew examinations. Thirteen new aircraft maintenance engineers were given licenses while renewed 963 medical certificates in various qualified categories.