DUBAI Dec 24 Passenger traffic at Dubai
International Airport rose 10.0 percent from a year earlier in
November to 4.88 million people, boosted by increasing flows
from western Europe and India, Dubai Airports said on Monday.
Traffic in the first 11 months of this year climbed 13.1
percent to 52.36 million passengers. The airport says it is the
world's fourth busiest hub for international passengers.
A new section of the airport to handle Airbus A380
superjumbo planes is due to open in early 2013, increasing the
airport's annual capacity to 75 million passengers from 60
million. Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths said in a
statement that the additional capacity would be welcome.
Dubai International handled 200,060 tonnes of cargo in
November, up 4.4 percent from a year earlier, while freight
volume in the first 11 months increased 3.6 percent to 2.08
In addition to Dubai International, the emirate aims by the
end of next year to open its new Al Maktoum International
airport for passenger traffic, Dubai Airports chairman Sheikh
Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum told reporters this month.
That airport, which began cargo operations two years ago, is
designed eventually to cater to 160 million passengers.
Dubai officials say the emirate's booming tourism industry
and its central location between continents as a hub for
airlines justify the expansion schemes. They are planning to
build huge retail, hotel and entertainment projects to cater to
big rises in foreign visitors projected over the next decade.