Dubai airport traffic jumps 13 pct in 2012, overtakes HK

Reuters Middle East

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.

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