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Dubai Holidays Enjoying a Boost with Increase of Airport Arrivals

  • 20-Aug-09 00:00
  • Dubai
  • Holiday Industry

Dubai International Airport (DIA) has recorded a double-digit growth figures for arrivals into Dubai for the second consecutive month in July. Passenger traffic to the emirate has seen a significant 4% growth against the same 2008 period.

Dubai Holidays Enjoying a Boost with  Increase of Airport Arrivals

Dubai holidays’ appeal seems to have been increasing over the last months as Dubai International Airport (DIA) reported a double-digit growth year-on-year in passenger traffic for the second consecutive month in July.

Reaffirming its position as one of the world’s leading tourism destination, Dubai holidays have proved to be the most desired emirate holiday destination with 1,857, 724 global visitors from April to June 2009 representing a 4% increase on the same period in 2008.

Despite the global economic downturn many holidaymakers are still choosing Dubai as their holiday destination as can be seen from the growing number of arrivals to the emirate. Dubai’s airport, home to the Middle East’s biggest airline Emirates, recorded a 12.6% increase to a total of 3.79 million in July, the highest since May 2008.

When talking about the boost in numbers Dubai Airports Chief Executive Officer Paul Griffiths said. “The double-digit increases we’ve seen in the past two months are the direct result of a boost in passenger numbers from Emirates and other long-haul network carriers and continual growth in the low cost sector” The year-to-date traffic at the end of July stood at 23.15 million passengers, up 6.1% from the same period last year.

Dubai hotels seem to be enjoying the increase as they accommodate more guests and fill up the rooms of many new Dubai hotels that have just opened in the last months. Dubai hotels continue into the third quarter of 2009 with an average occupancy of 90% in August which show a remarkable achievement during a year of recession, especially when compared to 2008 figures which proved to be a record-breaking year with the number of visitors arriving to Dubai.

But not one to fall too far behind; Abu Dhabi holidays have also been proving increasingly popular as the second most desired emirate in the Middle East also records an increase in foreign arrivals. Abu Dhabi International Airport reported an 8.1% rise in passenger traffic in the first-half of 2009 compared to the same period a year earlier. An average of 26, 966 passengers a day passed through the airport according to Abu Dhabi Airport Company.

Griffiths also added that although the outlook for the remainder of the year is positive, growth figures for August and September are likely to fluctuate, reflecting the annual movement of the timing of the holy month of Ramadan. But nevertheless Dubai holidays still stand strong and continue to be a favourite destination among all the other emirates.

“The Middle East continues to demonstrate vibrant growth during the global economic downturn and Dubai International is at the epicentre of that growth,” Griffiths said.

Dubai International Airport is now ranked the world’s 6th busiest airport in terms of international passengers according to Airport Council International’s, or ACI. The ACI international freight traffic monthly ranking also lists Dubai Airports Cargo as the world’s 4th busiest for international air cargo.

The difference between how well Dubai holidays are doing when compared to other world holiday destinations is clear and striking. The decline in airline passenger numbers on international markets slowed from 9.2 per cent in May to 7.1 per cent in June, the International Air Transport Association said on Tuesday.

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