By Abdul Basit www.khaleejtimes.com
Dubai International airport has become the world’s third busiest airport for international passengers on strong 13.2 per cent annual growth in passenger traffic in 2012, its operator said on Monday.
The passenger traffic surged to nearly 58 million last year and the airport is expected to cross 65 million passengers’ mark in 2013, according to Dubai Airports chief executive officer Paul Griffiths.
“Moving into the top three is a fantastic achievement for Dubai International and we now have London’s Heathrow and the number one spot firmly within our sights,” Griffiths added.
London Heathrow ranked top with passenger numbers of 70 million in 2012 and Paris’s Charles de Gaulle ranked second with 61.6 million passengers in the same year. Hong Kong International Airport stood at fourth position with 56.5 million passengers.
Accordingly to a senior aviation analyst the Dubai airport is all set to overtake London Heathrow and become the world’s top airport for international passengers in a couple of years.
“… With annual growth topping 13 per cent year-on-year in contrast to the single figure growth at Heathrow, the airport will probably get close to 70 million passengers this year, topping their 65 million passenger forecast,” said Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at London-based StrategicAero Research, told Khaleej Times. More info