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Dubai International: World’s Busiest Hub for International Traffic

Dubai International was the world’s busiest gateway in terms of global figures in 2015, with 77.5 million international passengers, a year-on-year boost of 10.7 percent, as shown in data released by Airports Council International.

The report also highlighted persistence and resilience to describe the air transport industry in 2015. In the face of a slight weakening of economic growth at 3.1 percent, passenger traffic soared 6.4 percent – the largest improvements rate since 2010.

Notably, in 2005, there were only 16 airports catering to more than 40 million passengers, however, due to increase in demand, in 2015, this category already encompassed 37 airfields, collectively experiencing a jump of six percent.

While Asia Pacific saw the most traffic with 2.46 billion passengers, the Middle East achieved the biggest growth, up 9.6 percent over 2014 to 334 million travellers.

Additionally, the Middle East handled 8.5 million tonnes of cargo, a substantial leap of 9.9 percent compared to the modest global rise of 2.6 percent.

Aircraft movements around the world rose two percent to 88.5 million in 2015, with mixed levels of growth across all six regions.

Despite having the smallest number of aircraft movements, just 2.7 million, the Middle East observed the largest improvement at 6.9 percent.