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13Million Travelers Pass Through Dubai Airport In 3rd Quarter

13.6 million passengers passed through Dubai International (DXB) in the first quarter of 2022, making it the busiest quarter at the world’s busiest international hub since 2020. This is an indication that the traffic recovery is gathering steam at the world’s busiest international hub. Passenger volume at DXB has now exceeded 10 million for the second quarter in a row, making this a significant milestone for the airport.

The essential particulars and data

DXB’s passenger volumes grew to 13.6 million in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 15.7 percent compared to 11.8 million passengers in the fourth quarter of 2021. This increase was driven by 5.5 million passengers who traveled through the airport in March. In contrast, Dubai International Airport (DXB) had 5.7 million travelers during the first three months of 2021.

At the present time, DXB is connected by 73 scheduled international airlines to a total of 193 destinations located in 92 different nations.


When compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2021), during which the hub recorded 614,834 tonnes of airfreight, DXB handled a total of 519,555 tonnes of cargo during the first three months of 2022. This is a decrease of 15.5 percent when compared to the previous quarter’s total.


When compared to the final quarter of 2021, when 77,475 flights were recorded at DXB, the number of air movements that took place during the first quarter of 2022 totaled 81,966, representing a 5.8 percent increase.
Top destinations

With passenger traffic exceeding 1.6 million, India continued to maintain its long-standing position as the primary destination country served by DXB. This was followed by Saudi Arabia (1.1 million), Pakistan (997K), and the United Kingdom (934K passengers). London, Riyadh, and Jeddah were the top three cities in terms of the number of passengers, while Istanbul came in fourth place. London had 617 thousand passengers, Riyadh had 517 thousand, and Jeddah had 337 thousand (324K passengers).

“DXB’s performance over the last many consecutive quarters has been nothing short of extraordinary. This is a direct product of Dubai’s clear policy and efforts to restore international air connectivity and mobility and to lead the global aviation sector out of an unprecedented crisis.

According to Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, “While the recovery was initially led by point-to-point traffic, which continues to exceed pre-pandemic levels, the opening of international travel across many key markets has enabled transfer traffic to rebound to 60 percent of 2019 levels.” “While the recovery was initially led by point-to-point traffic, which continues to exceed pre-pandemic levels,”

He went on to say that the prognosis for the year is still positive, with annual traffic now predicted to reach 58.3 million, which is far higher than the early predictions by a substantial margin.

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