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Dubai International (DXB) started the final quarter of the year on a positive note with 7 million plus customers passing through its doors in October.

There was moderate growth in October (2.1% YoY), helping the hub’s traffic to reach 74.5 million passengers for the year.

Key facts and figures

Customers served: 7,007,823 in October (2.1%) taking DXB’s year to date numbers to 74,529,259 (+1.5%).

Baggage volumes: 5.7 million bags (+4%) passed through the airport’s sophisticated 175 km long baggage system during October.

Waiting times: Thanks to the state-of-the-art operations centre at DXB which leverages real-time information to improve service and efficiency, as well as the smart gate technology that helps speed customers through immigration, wait times were reduced by 33% in October*.

Top destinations

A traditionally strong market, India remained DXB’s top destination country by customer volume, with total traffic reaching 999,771 during the month. The United Kingdom was the was second with 502,890 customers, followed by Saudi Arabia with 444,803 customers. Other markets of note include the U.S. (231,688 customers) and China (200,765).

The top three cities were London (302,139 customers), Mumbai (204,753) and New Delhi (184,669).

North America held its position as the fastest growing region with 14.4%, growth, followed by Africa at 9.8% and CIS growing 8%.

Flights

Flight movements increased to 33,988 (+2.2%) in October while the average number of customers per flight was slightly up at 214, (0.5%).

A total of 340,198 flights have taken-off or landed at DXB (-0.2%) so far this year, bringing the total number of daily flight movements at DXB to 1,122.

Cargo

In October 237,499 tonnes of airfreight was handled at DXB (+2.5%) bringing the total cargo tonnage for the year to 2,169,991 (-0.9%).

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While there’s no shortage of great sit-down restaurants in DXB – from the famous Hard Rock Café to fusion diner Tranzeet – a trio of pop-up outlets catering for time-poor travellers can now be found in Terminal 3’s Concourse C.

Grabb’it

Just as the name suggests, Grabb’it is perfect if you’re hungry and in a hurry. Fancy a sandwich and a hot drink? Or a salad and fresh juice? Just grab it and enjoy at your boarding gate or on the plane.

Peroni

Not just for fans of the Rome-based brewery, DXB’s Peroni pop-up also serves some delicious Italian-inspired fare. Think chicken wings with gorgonzola sauce, grilled chicken caesar wraps and polenta fries with parmesan.  There’s also a range of inventive hops-based cocktails, prepared by a mixologist.

Piadèra

Another new Italian treat in Concourse C is Piadèra, which serves up wholesome Romagna-style flatbreads and the freshest mozzarella you’ll find in Dubai, all made in-house.

Our tip: try the Piadèra signature flatbread with bresaola, stracciatella cheese, Modena vinegar and rocket. It’s certain to rock your world.

Grabb’it, Peroni and Piadèra pop-ups are located in Terminal 3, Concourse C

 

 

 

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Dubai Airports, Execujet and Lions Clubs International officials gave a warm Dubai welcome to the two determined aviators who are piloting small aircraft around the globe in a bid to raise awareness for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

The project, organised by Lions Clubs International, has a clear objective of globally promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities to combat discrimination and to raise funds for the association Humanity & Inclusion. The two pilots, South African Mike Lomberg and Guillaume Feral from France – both of whom use wheelchairs, will cover 80,000 kilometres in nine months across 40 countries and six continents via 150 staging points. The support team to this initiative are all former members of the Solar Impulse Project and all volunteers.

“Dubai Airports is an enthusiastic advocate for the rights and inclusion of people of determination in society. We are proud to be associated with this worthy cause and salute these pilots for their skill and commitment to this important mission,” said Essa Al Shamsi, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai Airports.

The Handi-flight team is making a five-day stopover in Dubai allowing them to connect with local officials and media to promote their cause. They will also be attending Lions Clubs International’s Constitutional Area Forum, which will be held in Dubai bringing together 3,000 delegates from Africa, the Middle East and the Asian sub-continent.

During their stay, Dubai Airports and Execujet will be sponsoring aircraft landing, parking and handling.

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While there’s no shortage of great sit-down restaurants in DXB – from the famous Hard Rock Café to fusion diner Tranzeet – a trio of pop-up outlets catering for time-poor travellers can now be found in Terminal 3’s Concourse C.

Grabb’it

Just as the name suggests, Grabb’it is perfect if you’re hungry and in a hurry. Fancy a sandwich and a hot drink? Or a salad and fresh juice? Just grab it and enjoy at your boarding gate or on the plane.

Peroni

Not just for fans of the Rome-based brewery, DXB’s Peroni pop-up also serves some delicious Italian-inspired fare. Think chicken wings with gorgonzola sauce, grilled chicken caesar wraps and polenta fries with parmesan.  There’s also a range of inventive hops-based cocktails, prepared by a mixologist.

Piadèra

Another new Italian treat in Concourse C is Piadèra, which serves up wholesome Romagna-style flatbreads and the freshest mozzarella you’ll find in Dubai, all made in-house.

Our tip: try the Piadèra signature flatbread with bresaola, stracciatella cheese, Modena vinegar and rocket. It’s certain to rock your world.

Grabb’it, Peroni and Piadèra pop-ups are located in Terminal 3, Concourse C

 

 

 

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Known for quick turnaround times, short walking distances and fast transit the airport, DWC is gaining popularity among airlines as well as passengers as an airport of choice, particularly for point to point travel.

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Dubai Airports, Execujet and Lions Clubs International gave a warm welcome at Dubai World Central (DWC) to the two determined aviators who are piloting small aircraft around the globe in a bid to raise awareness for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

The project, organised by Lions Clubs International, has a clear objective of globally promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities to combat discrimination and to raise funds for the association Humanity & Inclusion.

The two pilots, South African Mike Lomberg and Guillaume Feral from France – both of whom use wheelchairs, will cover 80,000 kilometres in nine months across 40 countries and six continents via 150 staging points. The support team to this initiative are all former members of the Solar Impulse Project and all volunteers.

“Dubai Airports is an enthusiastic advocate for the rights and inclusion of people of determination in society. We are proud to be associated with this worthy cause and salute these pilots for their skill and commitment to this important mission,” said Essa Al Shamsi, Vice President of Terminal Operations at Dubai Airports.

The Handiflight team is making a five-day stopover in Dubai allowing them to connect with local officials and media to promote their cause. They will also be attending Lions Clubs International’s Constitutional Area Forum, which will be held in Dubai bringing together 3,000 delegates from Africa, the Middle East and the Asian sub-continent.

During their stay, Dubai Airports and Execujet will be sponsoring aircraft landing, parking and handling.

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Here’s an exclusive report by Gulf News on how Dubai Airports’ early preparations and disruption response helps ensure smooth operations at DXB when fog blankets the city.

Exclusive report on Dubai Airports' fog management - YouTube

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Propelled by an increase in flights and seat capacity, Dubai World Central (DWC) passenger traffic surged 26.1% in the third quarter. DWC welcomed 119,000 customers during the period bringing the total number of customers welcomed this year to 637,176.

Top destinations
The top regions contributing to customer numbers at DWC include Western Europe (40,349 passengers) and Eastern Europe (38,740 passengers). Some of the top destination cities during the third quarter were Beirut (20,566 passengers), Amman (16,216 passengers), and Katowice (10,247 passengers).

Flights
Flight movements during Q3 totalled 5,742 (-11.7%). A total of 21,811 flights have taken-off or landed at DWC (-12.3%) so far this year.

Cargo
In Q3 a total of 254,421 tonnes of airfreight moved through DWC (-2.5%), bringing the year to date cargo tonnage to 729,611 (+3.5%).  DWC is the world’s 22nd busiest hub by international freight volume according to the Airports Council International (ACI).

Outlook
The outlook for passenger traffic at DWC in Q4 is positive thanks to the seasonal rush of tourists typically seen during the winter months, as well as the launch of new services from scheduled and charter carriers. Also contributing to the positive outlook is the recent launch of daily scheduled flights to Moscow by Aeroflot while Pegas Fly (Ikar Airlines) commenced charter services from multiple destinations in Russia.

Following the launch of flights by Aeroflot and Pegas Fly, the number of international passenger airlines serving DWC has increased to 10. The airlines operate an average of 21 weekly flights to six international destinations. DWC is also home to 20 cargo operators that fly to as many as 45 destinations around the world.

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Editors Notes

Dubai Airports manages the operation and development of both of Dubai’s airports – DXB and DWC.

As integrator, Dubai Airports works to balance the interests of all stakeholders to maintain aviation growth, protect operational resilience and ensure that service providers collaborate to provide a safe and secure service and improve the experience of our customers whilst maintaining a sustainable business.

DXB is the world’s number one airport in terms of international passenger traffic and number three globally in terms of total passenger traffic as reported by Airports Council International.

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