Dubai International Airport - the world's busiest for international traffic - enjoyed its busiest month ever in August, according to data issued by operator Dubai Airports.
The average number of passengers per flight during the month remained high at 246, up +7.2% compared to 229 recorded in August 2016. In terms of passenger volumes, India remained the top destination country with 1,044,730 passengers in August, followed by the United Kingdom (611,254 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (610,434 passengers).
Passenger traffic at the airport surged 6.6 per cent to 8.2 million from 7.7 million in the year-earlier period, Dubai Airports said.
The average number of passengers per flight in August rose 7.2 per cent to 246 compared to 229 in August a year ago.
Flight movements were down to 34,370, compared to 34,967 recorded in August 2016. London was the top destination city with 377,130 passengers followed closely by Kuwait (284,151 passengers) and Mumbai (211,564 passengers). Year-to-date flight movement dropped 1.5 per cent to 274,549 from 278,799 during the first eight months in 2016.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said management was "very pleased" with the progress to date this year and not only from the passenger traffic perspective, but also with regard to its success in significantly enhancing the airport experience. "Year to date cargo reached 1,737,676 tonnes up 3% compared to 1,686,277 tonnes recorded the first eight months last year".
"Of the summer months, August is typically slower than the others".
The airport is reportedly on track to record top four million passengers in 2014. Through August 2.67 million passengers have flow in and out of Charleston International.