During the first quarter of 2023, DXB welcomes 41.6 million guests

During the first quarter of 2023, DXB welcomes 41.6 million guests

Dubai International (DXB) has achieved a significant victory in its recovery with passenger numbers for the first half of the year above 2019 levels. Compared to the amount of traffic observed in the first half of 2019, the busiest international hub in the world welcomed 41.6 million visitors in H1.

DXB had a successful second quarter, with passenger traffic rising by 42.7% year over year to 20.3 million. During Q2, May saw 6.9 million visitors, making it the busiest month.

Due to a strong Q2, DXB’s H1 traffic totaled 41.6 million visitors, up 49.1% from the 27.9 million visits registered in H1 2022.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said, “It’s been a rewarding first half for Dubai International and amidst increasing guest numbers, we take great pride in knowing we are continuously delivering with operational excellence and providing an exemplary guest experience.
“As we recover with our H1 traffic surpassing pre-pandemic levels, we remain committed to ensuring every guest who travels through our airport leaves with a smile.”
The performance of DXB’s luggage in H1 2023 increased 7% over pre-pandemic H1 2019 levels, keeping it in first place globally. Almost 37.2 million bags have been handled by DXB so far this year without any issues preventing the delivery of luggage to customers; 92% of all bags were delivered to customers within 45 minutes.

With the assistance of the airports’ strategic partners, DXB managed a number of seasonal peak periods in H1 2023 and continued to provide a faultless customer experience by meeting predetermined KPIs.

DXB received numerous honors, including a certification from Airports Council International in recognition of its ongoing efforts to enable travelers with visible and invisible disabilities a safe and welcoming airport experience. By bringing in a number of new airlines, it improved connection to additional new areas and countries.

India continued to hold the top spot as DXB’s top destination country in terms of traffic with 6 million visits in the first half. With 3.1 million visitors, Saudi Arabia came in second, followed by the United Kingdom in third place with 2.8 million. Pakistan (2 million visitors), the United States (1.8 million visitors), Russia (1.3 million visitors), and Germany (1.2 million visitors) are some of the other well-traveled countries.

With 1.7 million visits, London came in first place among popular city destinations. Mumbai came in second with 1.2 million visitors, while Riyadh came in third with 1.2 million.

DXB is reachable from 257 locations across 104 countries via more than 91 international carriers.

Cargo volumes at DXB increased by 16.1% over the previous year in the second quarter, hitting 453,500 tonnes. As a result, the total amount of freight for the year fell by 6.2% from the previous year to 853,500 tonnes.

In all, DXB handled 201,800 flights in the first half, up 30.2% annually and 13% over H1 2019. A load factor of 77% and an average of 214 people per trip were recorded during the first half.

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