DUBAI (Reuters) – Just over 90 million passengers are expected to use Dubai International Airport in 2018, Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths said on Tuesday at an aviation industry conference.
Passengers using the airport, the hub for Middle East airline giant Emirates and a major source of income for Dubai, rose 5.5 percent to 88.2 million in 2017, making it the busiest airport in the world for international passengers.
Dubai International is the world’s busiest for international travel and, if the latest passenger numbers are anything to go by, the airport gets busier every year.
Dubai International Airport has reached a new record, with the total number of travellers passing through its terminals hitting 8.37 million in August.
In its near 60-year history, the airport has welcomed something in the region of 974,461,000 passengers.
In terms of overall passenger traffic, Dubai comes in third place – pipped by Beijing Capital International Airport which welcomed 96 million passengers and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which has long held the number 1 busiest airport title with a whopping 104 million passengers in 2017.
The airport’s ambitious strategic vision is to hit 98.5 million passengers by 2020. Dubai’s growth as a hub between East and West certainly helps – over two-thirds of the world’s population lives within an 8-hour flight of DXB, making the airport the ideal hub to connect.