CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-Dubai airport passenger traffic up 6.1 pct in July

Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:08am EDT

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(Corrects freight volumes in last paragraph after airport revised data)

DUBAI Aug 28 (Reuters) - Passenger traffic at Dubai's main airport climbed 6.1 percent in July from a year earlier, despite a seasonal slowdown in local traffic, airport authorities said on Wednesday.

Dubai International, one of the world's busiest airports, handled 5.31 million passengers in July compared with 5.01 million in the corresponding period of 2012, Dubai Airports said in a statement.

Traffic in the first seven months of the year was up 15.3 percent to 37.97 million passengers.

All regions recorded positive growth in Dubai traffic during July with the exception of the Middle East and Gulf, which dropped 12.6 percent and 8.0 percent respectively as Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, coincided with a summer slowdown.

Passengers from Western Europe increased 13.4 percent, as that region replaced India as the top source of traffic.

Freight volume through the airport rose 1.2 percent during July to 206,950 tonnes; volume in the first seven months climbed 9.8 percent to 1.40 million tonnes. (Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Andrew Torchia)

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