Bolstered by 5.5 million in passenger traffic in March, DXB’s passenger volumes rose to 13.6 million in the first quarter, up 15,7 percent compared to 11.8 million passengers in the final quarter of 2021. By comparison, DXB recorded 5.7 million passengers in the first quarter of 2021.
DXB is currently connected to 193 destinations across 92 countries via 73 scheduled international carriers.
DXB handled a total of 519,555 tonnes of cargo during the first three months of 2022, a contraction of 15,5 percent compared to the previous quarter (Q4, 2021) during which the hub recorded 614,834 tonnes of airfreight.
Flight movements during the first quarter totalled 81,966, an increase of 5,8 percent compared to the last quarter of 2021 during which 77,475 flights were recorded at DXB.
India held its longstanding position as DXB’s top destination country with passenger traffic reaching 1.6 million, followed by Saudi Arabia (1.1 million), Pakistan (997 thousand) and the UK (934 thousand passengers). The top three cities in terms of passenger numbers were London (617 thousand passengers), Riyadh (517 thousand), Jeddah (337 thousand), followed closely by Istanbul (324 thousand passengers).
"DXB’s performance over the past successive quarters is nothing short of impressive and is a direct outcome of Dubai’s clear strategy and efforts to restore international air connectivity and mobility and lead the global aviation industry out of an unprecedented crisis. While the recovery was initially led by point-to-point traffic, which continues to exceed pre-pandemic levels, the opening of international travel across many key markets has enabled transfer traffic to rebound to 60 percent of 2019 levels," said Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.