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Propelled by a double-digit surge in traffic in June, passenger numbers at Dubai International Airport topped 43.7 million in the first half (H1) of this year, according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

Over the first six months of this year, Brussels Airport set an all-time record by exceeding the 12 million passenger mark, which represents a 4.4 percent rise or half a million extra passengers compared to the same period in 2017.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) global passenger traffic results for May showed demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, rose 6.1 percent compared to the same month in 2017.

This also presented a slight pickup from six percent year-over-year growth for April this year. Capacity climbed 5.9 percent and load factor rose 0.1 percent to 80.1 percent.

Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, IATA, elaborated, "May was another solid month in terms of demand growth. As had been expected, we saw some moderation, as rising airline costs are reducing the stimulus from lower airfares.”

He noted jet fuel prices in particular are expected to be up nearly 26 percent this year compared to 2017 but, nevertheless, the record load factor for May signified strong demand for air connectivity.

The month of May closed on a positive note for Brussels South Charleroi Airport with 748,876 passengers crossing the tarmac, seven percent more than in May 2017.

Latvian airline airBaltic transported 1,452,017 passengers during the first five months of this year, 22 percent more than in the same period in 2017.

Austrian Airlines increased its passenger volume for the month of May, transporting almost 1.3 million passengers, corresponding to a rise of 7.3 percent compared to May 2017.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded strong passenger volume growth during March this year, handling 6.39 million passengers with a year-on-year surge of 8.5 percent.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced industry performance statistics for 2016 showing that system-wide, airlines carried 3.8 billion passengers on scheduled services in 2016, an increase of seven percent over 2015, representing an additional 242 million air trips.

 Sharjah International Airport witnessed impressive figures for the month of August.

Global passenger traffic data for August from The International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed that demand increased by 7.2 percent compared August 2016.