DUBAI, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Passenger flows through Dubai's
main airport jumped 13.2 percent last year, helping the airport
overtake Hong Kong to become the world's third busiest for
international passenger traffic, airport authorities said on
Dubai's passenger traffic surged to 57.68 million people in
2012 from 50.98 million during 2011, Dubai Airports said. In the
month of December, passengers rose 13.4 percent to 5.32 million.
Hong Kong International Airport said earlier this month that
its passenger traffic increased 4.7 percent to 56.5 million
people last year. The world's two busiest airports for
international passenger traffic are London Heathrow and Paris
Charles de Gaulle, according to Airports Council International.
India was Dubai International's single biggest country
destination in terms of passenger numbers last year, with
traffic rising 7.4 percent to 7.34 million.
Dubai opened a huge, purpose-built facility for A380
superjumbo jets this month and the airport expects to handle
65.4 million passengers in 2013, said Paul Griffiths, chief
executive of Dubai Airports.
The airport's freight volumes rebounded towards the end of
last year, helping total volume for 2012 rise 3.9 percent to
2.28 million tonnes. In December, cargo volume rose 6.5 percent
to 201,949 tonnes.