Dubai Airports passenger traffic tops 6.3 million in February

Apr 13, 2016

Dubai Airports‘ passenger traffic continued to grow steadily at Dubai International Airport (DXB), with over 6.3 million passengers registered in February 2016.

According to the latest traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, passenger traffic reached 6,383,544 in February 2016, up 6.9 per cent from 5,973,727 registered during the same month in 2015.

This brings the total year to date passenger traffic at DXB to 13,711,181, an increase of 6.5 per cent from the first two months of 2015.

Eastern Europe was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth (+14.6 per cent), followed by the Indian subcontinent (+11.5 per cent), North America (+10.7 per cent) and the GCC (+7.9 per cent).

India remained the top destination country in February with a total of 885,298 passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia (485,570 passengers) and the UK (460,279 passengers). London topped the list of destination cities, followed by Doha and Mumbai.

Dubai Airports Movements

Aircraft movements at DXB totalled 32,975 during the month under review, compared to 31,012 movements recorded in February 2015, up 6.3 per cent.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “This steady growth in passenger numbers has coincided with the opening of Concourse D in February, which increased DXB’s capacity to 90 million passengers a year. Not only are we able to accommodate the rising passenger numbers, we have also boosted our service levels considerably.”

He added: “This month, we were deemed the third busiest airport in the world by ACI, moving up three places from last year’s ranking. Considering that we do not have domestic traffic, this is an important milestone. The continued rise in traffic at DXB is underpinned by our heavy investment in the infrastructure needed to facilitate growth for the 100 airlines that operate at our airport.”

Freight volumes at DXB increased from 191,002 tonnes in February 2015 to 196,730 in February 2016, up 3.0 per cent.

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SkyTeam opens new Lounge at Dubai International Airport

Apr 12, 2016

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, today officially opened its latest lounge at Dubai International Airport. Situated in the newly-built Concourse D, Terminal 1, the lounge has been designed to offer high-end hospitality and amenities for Elite Plus, First and Business Class passengers of the ten SkyTeam member airlines serving the airport.

“Shared facilities like our new Dubai lounge are a tangible example of how SkyTeam airlines can offer a greatly enhanced airport experience to their customers through synergies,” said Perry Cantarutti, SkyTeam CEO and Managing Director.

“Since we opened our first lounge in 2009 at London Heathrow, we have seen their value increase because they are popular with our customers while delivering benefits to our members’ businesses. Dubai is a rapidly emerging global aviation hub and the busiest airport in the world for international passengers, so this was a natural location for our latest lounge to meet the expectations of our premium passengers. We have plans to open more shared lounges across our network starting with Beijing later this year.”

Dubai SkyTeam Lounge

SkyTeam Dubai lounge opening

“Congratulations to SkyTeam on the opening of this fantastic lounge. We at marhaba are extremely proud to be their partner, and we have a shared understanding of the evolving needs of travellers, and how to deliver great service. Dubai is the perfect location for this new lounge, and we hope to add value with the history and experience marhaba has had operating at this airport,” said Jon Conway, Divisional Senior Vice President, marhaba. Marhaba services will manage the lounge on behalf of SkyTeam.

SkyTeam’s Dubai lounge is set over 960 square meters and has seating for 180 customers. Open 24/7, the new facility includes the following highlights:

Quality Amenities
Complimentary hot and cold snacks representing the cuisines of the member airlines in Dubai are on offer throughout the day and the lounge features an elegant bar. Shower facilities are available for passengers wishing to freshen up.

Aesthetic Interior
Featuring SkyTeam’s ‘New Concept’ in lounge design, the Dubai space maintains sleek, modern curves while using accents of wood to add warmth. Combined with a ‘living wall’ of plants, this brings nature into the airport experience. The lounge also features a Digital Art Gallery, featuring works by different artists.

Unlimited Wi-Fi, a business centre with printing facilities and a VIP room cater to corporate travellers. Numerous electrical outlets are located throughout the lounge to recharge electronic devices.

A separate TV room maintains a tranquil ambience and a dedicated children’s room keeps mini-globetrotters occupied. Customers can also choose from a wide selection of local and international newspapers and magazines.

SkyTeam customers benefit from more than 630 members lounges throughout its global network. This is in addition the SkyTeam-branded facilities in London Heathrow, Sydney, Hong Kong, Istanbul and now Dubai.

The alliance offers more than 176 weekly departures from Dubai International Airport, operated by 10 member airlines: Aeroflot, Air France, and China Eastern, China Southern, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, KLM, Middle East Airlines, Saudia and Tarom.

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flydubai launches operations from Dubai World Central airport

Oct 26, 2015

flydubai has launched flights from Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second airport. The airport welcomed the launch of the airline’s operations with the arrival of their first flight yesterday. The airline will operate flights to a number of destinations from DWC as it continues its operations from Dubai International.


Welcoming flydubai’s arrival to DWC, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said it was a strong endorsement of the growth strategy planned for the two-airport city and a major milestone in the brief but promising history of the airport.

“We are very pleased with this development as it will benefit both the airline and the airport while offering more choice and convenience to our customers, particularly the residents living in the south of Dubai and upcoming communities around DWC.”

Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has created a network of more than 95 destinations in 45 countries, with 17 new routes announced in 2015.

flydubai launches operations from Dubai World Central airport

Opened in 2013, the existing passenger terminal at DWC is serviced by one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has capacity for up to 7 million passengers per year. The airport offers full retail as well as food and beverage amenities. Currently the airport is served by 5 passenger airlines and 30 cargo airlines flying to more than 40 destinations in total.

The passenger terminal will undergo a major expansion that will see its capacity increase to 26 million to accommodate future passenger growth. The expanded facility is expected to open in 2018 and is a precursor to the US$32bn expansion to create the world’s biggest airport with annual capacity exceeding 200 million passengers.


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Dubai International DXB Airport wins World Routes Marketing Award 2015

Sep 28, 2015

Dubai International DXB Airport, the world’s number one airport for international passengers, has won the World Routes Marketing Award 2015 (50 million passengers category), which was announced at the 21st World Route Development Forum, which concluded in the South African city of Durban recently. This follows DXB’s success as the overall winner of the Routes Middle East & Africa Marketing Awards in June earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to win this award and it’s doubly satisfying to know that we were selected by our customers – the airlines – while competing with some of the world’s best international airports. At DXB Airports we believe that the best way to serve our airlines is to offer our passengers the best experience possible by continually enhancing the quality of our products and services. Our win here is a reaffirmation of that belief, and a result of our close relationship with the 100 plus airlines at DXB,” said Anita Mehra, Vice President of Communications & Business Development at Dubai Airports.

DXB Airports team celebrating World Routes Marketing Awards

Dubai International DXB Airport wins World Routes Marketing Award 2015

The Dubai Airports team celebrating their win at World Routes Marketing Awards 2015 event in Durban recently.

“This award means a great deal to us considering the challenge we faced maintaining and enhancing the service quality both for our airline partners as well as the millions of passengers that pass through Dubai International, as the airport continued its rapid growth to become the world’s number one airport for international passengers last year,” said Khalil Lamrabet, Director of Aviation Business Development at DXB Airports.

Created in 1997 to recognise excellence in airport marketing, the annual Routes awards provide airlines with the chance to choose which airport they think provides the best overall marketing services. The awards are much coveted in the industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community. They also provide the airline community with the chance to recognise airport or tourism authorities they think have provided the best overall services related to route development and marketing over the past year.

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Smart #Travel Tips and Record Passenger Numbers at Dubai Airport

Jun 18, 2015

High volumes and steady growth continued at Dubai International in April with more than 6.5 million passengers passing through the airport, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today. The airport has also been providing smart travel tips for its passengers.

Passenger numbers rose 5.7 per cent to 6,510,653 up from 6,159,634 in April 2014. This is the third time in the first four months that monthly traffic at the hub has surpassed the 6.5 million mark. During the first four months of 2014, Dubai International welcomed 26,116,980 passengers, compared to 24,521,454 passengers during the same period last year, an increase of 6.5 per cent.

With the continual growth in passenger numbers, Dubai Airport is using simpler smart travel tips to assist in the easiest movement of travellers as they transit. Passenger numbers have grown from a number of countries, especially from Europe.

Eastern Europe achieved the highest growth rate during April with routes to the region registering a surge of 74.6 per cent, driven mainly by flydubai’s new services to Slovakia, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Croatia, and Emirates service to Hungary and Transavia airline to Bulgaria. Other regions that registered high growth rates include North America (17.9 per cent) – where Emirates has increased capacity on many destinations and launched a new route to Chicago – and the Indian subcontinent (12.6 per cent). Political and economic instability continued to affect traffic on Russian and the CIS routes (-27.6 per cent).

In terms of passenger numbers the Indian subcontinent outperformed the rest of the regions (+167,652 passengers), followed by the GCC (+92,069 passengers), and Western Europe (65,175).

Total aircraft movements reached 33,279 in April 2014, climbing 6.5 per cent from 31,234 movements recorded in April last year.  In the first four months of the year, total aircraft movements rose 6 per cent to 133,493 movements from 125,928 recorded in the same period in 2014. The average number of passengers per movement was 206.2 during April down by 3.3 per cent from April 2014, while the year-to-date (April) average was 206.4 passengers, down by 2 per cent from the same period last year.

“Traffic grew steadily in the first four months of the year and the trend looks set to continue throughout the first half, especially with the summer travel peak just round the corner,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

Smart Travel Tips

“We are again expecting record traffic levels at Dubai International this summer and again we will be deploying additional resources from the kerb to the boarding gates to ease the flow of passengers through our facility,” he added.

Dubai Airports has also released its smart travel tips to enhance passenger experience.

Smart Travel Tips

  • Be sure to check which airport and terminal you are departing from/arriving into beforehand. Passengers can confirm with their airline or check
  • Don’t forget to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control. Take into consideration daily rush hours and vehicular traffic around the airport and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport.
  • Check with your airline in advance for information on your baggage allowance. Irrespective of the allowance, a single unit of baggage weighing more than 32kgs will not be accepted at check-in. You should expect to be charged for baggage in excess of the limit set by the airline.
  • It is always simpler to pack liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in your check-in baggage. However, if you have to carry LAGs in your hand luggage, make sure they are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.
  • Remember to put anything metal – watch, jewellery, mobile phone, coins, belt – into your hand luggage well before you arrive at the X-ray machine. This will save time at security screening.
  • Beat the queues by checking-in online (where possible) or using the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall. Customers with baggage can make use of the quick-baggage drop counters, while those carrying only hand luggage can proceed directly to immigration.
  • Using the e-Gate card helps avoid queuing at passport control, both while arriving and on departure. An eGate Card can be obtained from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs whose office/counters in the departure areas of all terminals at Dubai International are open 24/7.

Dubai International recorded freight volumes totalling 204,075 in April, a contraction of 3.6 per cent compared to 211,588* tonnes recorded in April 2014. Year to date cargo totalled 798,771, a contraction of 4.7 per cent compared to 837,837 during the first four months in 2014. The decline is caused by the shift of all freighter cargo operations to DWC last year.

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China Airlines moves its regional cargo hub to Dubai World Central

Apr 16, 2015

China Airlines, the Taiwan-based carrier, will relocate its regional base to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) with effect from today.

The first flight, which arrived at 10am from Taipei, was welcomed by a traditional water salute by executives from the airline and Dubai Airports.

China Airlines 747 Arrives at Dubai World Central

China Airlines at Dubai World Central

The Taiwanese carrier uses the UAE as an intermediate stopover on its cargo flights between Taiwan and Europe. It will operate flights from Taipei to Dubai and onwards to Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Frankfurt using its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome China Airlines to DWC. They join an increasing number of airlines which are recognising DWC as an important cargo hub with its world class facilities, flexible schedules, proximity to Jebel Ali Port and the fact that is it an ideal transit point between east and west,” said Majed Al Joker, SVP Operations DWC at Dubai Airports.

China Airlines joins more than 25 scheduled and charter airlines – which includes home carrier Emirates SkyCargo – that operate from the airport to more than 60 destinations around the globe. The airport is fast emerging as a major regional and global cargo hub with freight volumes surging 262 per cent to 758,371 tonnes for the full year 2014, up from 209,209 tonnes in 2013.

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Changi Transit Programme Partnership Extended For SIA SilkAir Passengers

Mar 16, 2015

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers transiting in Singapore can continue to look forward to a rewarding transit experience with the extension of the Changi Transit Programme in partnership with Changi Airport Group (CAG).

Changi Transit Programme

Under the extension of the Transit Programme (until the 31st March 2016) Singapore Airlines or SilkAir passengers who transit through Changi Airport, on either carrier, can redeem a Changi Dollar Voucher (CDV) of $20 or $40 value, depending on their point of origin. Singapore Airlines or SilkAir customers who are connecting on select Air New Zealand-operated flights to or from Auckland can also redeem the CDV.

Singapore Airlines’ Divisional Vice President Sales & Marketing, Mr Foo Chai Woo, said, “The Changi Transit Programme has been very well received by our customers since it was launched in October 2012. We are pleased to extend our successful partnership with Changi Airport Group as we work together to attract more customers to transit through Changi Airport and experience more of what it has to offer.”

Changi Transit Programme Partnership Extended For SIA SilkAir Passengers

Mr Lim Ching Kiat, CAG’s Senior Vice President for Market Development, said: “Transfer traffic is a vital component of our air traffic which helps bolster Changi Airport’s position as a premier air hub in Asia. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir to grow the Changi air hub through the extension of the Changi Transit Programme. With the range of different activities and facilities for transit passengers offered at Changi Airport, we would like to encourage more passengers to explore the airport and enjoy the Changi Experience during their layover.”

The CDVs are valid for one-time use at more than 510 retail, food and service outlets in the transit and public areas of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. They can also be redeemed for one-time access to the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Terminals 2 and 3 for up to four hours. Services at the lounge include showers, light refreshments and a wide range of reading materials.

Changi Transit Programme passengers can also look forward to amenities such as airport-wide complimentary WiFi, movie theatres and themed gardens while transiting at Changi Airport, where a convenient Skytrain transport system in both the transit and public areas provides easy access to all three terminals.

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Fraport Group sees strong airport passenger growth at home and abroad

Mar 11, 2015

Passenger numbers at The Fraport Group Frankfurt Airport (FRA) have continued to grow during February 2015 as Germany’s largest aviation hub welcomed 3.8 million passengers though its doors. This continued growth represents an increase of 4.6 percent year-on-year.

Etihad pushback at Fraport Gtoup Frankfurt Airport

Etihad pushback at Frankfurt Airport

For Frankfurt this passenger growth is due to an increase not only in domestic traffic but also a rise in demand for tourist destinations in Europe and North Africa. Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) also grew in the reporting month, climbing by 1.8 percent to 162,068 metric tons.

Frankfurt Airport Terminal 2

Frankfurt Airport Terminal 2

Aircraft movements continued to decline by 1.5 percent year-on-year to 32,951 takeoffs and landings, reflecting the deployment of larger aircraft and higher seating densities. Simultaneously, accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) increased by 2.5 percent to more than 2 million metric tons. This has lead to the average MTOW per aircraft movement has significantly increased from 119.9 to 124.8 metric tons.

Qatar Airways Inaugurates World’s First A350 -XWB Route from Doha to Frankfurt

Qatar Airways Inaugurates World’s First A350 -XWB Route from Doha to Frankfurt

Fraport Gtoup

The airports in group’s international portfolio have reported varying traffic results.

  • Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU) saw a 3.8 percent decline in passenger numbers to 72,265. Serving a total of 1.3 million passengers in the reporting month,
  • Lima Airport (LIM) in the Peruvian capital city achieved ongoing strong passenger growth of 9.6 percent.
  • Combined, the Fraport Twinstar airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast served 28,627 passengers – an increase of 2.8 percent year-on-year.
  • On the Turkish Riviera, Antalya Airport (AYT) registered 686,814 passengers – representing a gain of 6.2 percent.
  • St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in Russia received 733,936 passengers in the reporting month, down 2.5 percent.
  • With 282,442 passengers, Hanover Airport (HAJ) in northern Germany achieved a gain of 2.7 percent.
  • Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China recorded particularly strong growth, with traffic soaring by 18.6 percent to 2.5 million passengers.

The airports in Fraport’s international portfolio have seen an overall positive growth in February 2015.

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Things Are Picking Up For Sydney’s International Airport (T1)

Feb 5, 2015

Although it’ll not feature as a major storyline for Border Security, the leading TV show about custom control in Australia, the Food Court upgrade at T1 in Sydney is long overdue.

As one would imagine, such an undertaking could cause catastrophic disruption, not only to tourism, but to major sporting events happening throughout 2015. The recent Australian Open would have been un-affected, but there could be a spanner thrown into the works for touring fans of Grand Prix, rugby and cricket events.

The main goal for this massive undertaking, is to bring Sydney’s T1 airport slap bang into the future for aero-travel. Not only will the user experience be vastly improved, with decreased waiting times, better customer service contact points and one feature that all heavy volume public places need to take on-board, the much sought after Wi-Fi hotspots. Is there anybody who travels in 2015 without updating their social media status? From Tweeting about celebrities they have seen catching the same flight as them, or the news story that went viral this week, two Russian women who were sat in front of a Russian MP and decided to make their relationship status very public! This picture will explain it all!

Whilst the cosmetics of this 20 month venture are what will be featured heavily in online media and architectural publications, the rat race traffic seemingly care more for hospitalities that should come as standard in this ever competitive market. Gone are the days of picking up Mills and Boon romance novels for a guilty pleasure flight read. Nowadays people are logging onto YouTube to either A. distract themselves from the fear of flying or B. watch scenes from the original Final Destination movie. Of course there’s also those who enjoy some shopping for holiday clothes, to be delivered at the hotel they are heading to, or indeed those who may be on their way to Las Vegas or another bright lights, big city destination who’d like to warm up the casino vibe by visiting one and having a blind date with Lady Luck at the pokies. With Wi-Fi and multi-tab browsers, the monotony of long haul flights and awful in-flight movies are soothed by high data transfer mobile access points.


Work has already started on the early stage renovations of the T1 Food Court, with a guarantee that by Christmas, part one of this project will be complete and by mid-2016, T1 will actually become a tourist attraction, as well as being just a ‘terminal’.

Tourists flying in on the recently launched Qantas 737-800, can expect to see the big lunching brands opening branches at T1, from Nando’s to Hokka Hokka and that pre or post-flight meal will never have tasted so good.

More information and regular updates can be found at Sydney Airport’s social media terminals on Twitter and Facebook, so hashtag #SydneyAirport to check the latest views from the harshest critics; the general public!


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NetJets flies first Phenom 300 into London City Airport

Feb 5, 2015

NetJets Europe today announced it has successfully obtained certification to operate its Signature Series Phenom 300 business jet at London City Airport.

The company is the largest private operator at the airport, with over fifty percent of all traffic. In 2014 alone, their aircraft connected to 374 destinations across the globe out of the financial heart of London.

Mark Wilson, NetJets Europe President and COO said: “Private aviation continues to play a key role in the city, especially with London emerging as the economic growth engine not only for the UK, but also Europe. Our fractional ownership model is an unrivalled business tool when customers have access to over 100 aircraft across Europe, serving more than 900 airports across the continent. Commercial airlines are unable to offer the same level of flexibility and choice.”

Phenom 300 Business Jet

NetJets Europe worked closely with the aviation authorities to obtain certification for the Phenom 300 to fly to London City Airport. This required considerable time and financial investment for pilots to train and perfect the steep approach, short runway and proximity to the city’s tall landmark buildings.

“We are committed to safety and we set training standards for our flight crew that go above and beyond the requirements of aviation authorities across the globe,” added Mark Wilson.

NetJets Flies Phenom 300 Business Jet into London City Airport

“As part of our certification, we paid particular attention to the stringent noise requirements of the airport – which the whisper-quiet Phenom 300 meets by a large margin.”

Speed and efficiency is a core requirement for those flying privately and customers now save over two hours on their overall journey time by using London City Airport. One of the airline’s most popular city-pairs is London to Paris-Le Bourget Airport. Flight volumes on this route grew by 10.6 percent year-on-year from 2013 to 2014 – 3.3 percent ahead of the overall industry growth rate. Customers can now go from their desk in Canary Wharf to closing a business deal in La Défense on a Phenom 300 in 1.5 hours*.

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport said: “They continues to play a significant role in the development of the private aviation market in the UK and Europe. We are pleased to see standards being raised further with the certification of the Phenom 300.  Its arrival at the Jet Centre offers a new flying experience to our customers.  Those choosing to fly into London City are choosing the nearest airport to central London – just four miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and nine miles from Mayfair – and can enjoy our 90 second promise from aircraft to car.  It is therefore a perfect fit to announce the new light jet aircraft of choice for discerning travellers, at the private jet centre of choice in the UK’s capital.  We look forward to welcoming the Phenom 300 passengers and helping to make their journey special.”

Netjets Fleet Order

An order was placed for 125 Phenom 300 aircraft – including sixty firm orders – as part of a $17.6bn investment in its 700-strong global fleet. It has become the company’s fastest-selling jet to date. There are currently 36 aircraft flying globally, each one has been custom fitted with Signature Series interiors – making them completely bespoke to any other Phenom 300 in the market.

“We are very delighted to celebrate this milestone. The Phenom 300 is the top performer in its class, and the ideal aircraft for airports like London City”, said Peter Griffith, Embraer Vice President Marketing & Sales, Europe and Africa.

NetJets flies first Phenom 300 into London City Airport

NetJets flies first Phenom 300 from London City Airport

“It’s our commitment to support our customers in their operation with Embraer’s ample European support organisation, and I’m confident that the Phenom 300, now operated from and to London City, will be a real game-changer for European customers.”

Over 53 percent of its European customer base comes from the London finance sector – with private equity and hedge fund management seeing the most growth over the past twelve months. In 2014, 41 percent of new business in Europe was generated from the financial industry – demonstrating the recovery taking place in that sector.

Today’s announcement follows on from NetJets flying the long range Bombardier Global 6000 jet into London City Airport last year.

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