(Corrects freight volumes in last paragraph after airport
DUBAI Aug 28 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
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)