Dubai International cargo volumes close out 2016 up 3.4 percent

Initially, officials from Dubai International Airport estimated it would serve 85 million passengers previous year, but economic, political and terror-related turmoil have been blamed for missing the mark.

According to The Associated Press, Griffiths is the CEO of the world's busiest airport for global travel, which saw an astounding 83.6 million passengers in 2016.

Dubai airport expanded its capacity in 2016 to 90 million passengers a year, up from 75 million, with the opening of a new concourse.

Dozens of sandbar and dusky sharks are attracted to the Hadera plant, which uses sea water to cool its turbines before discharging the warmer water back into the sea.

DWC's anticipated passenger capacity will exceed 160 million passengers per year.

The top regions by percentage growth in 2016 were Eastern Europe (+17.5%), spurred by sustained growth on routes to the region, and network expansion by Emirates, flydubai and other airlines; Asia (+11.4%), and the Indian subcontinent (+9.5%).

India is the largest single destination served by Dubai, followed by Saudi Arabia and the U.K. Despite the increase in traffic, growth slowed slightly previous year. Saudi Arabia took the second spot with 6,086,158 passengers (up 11.3 per cent) just marginally overtaking the United Kingdom at 6,061,342 (up 6.7 per cent). At the same time, London snatched the top spot among destination cities, with 3.75 million travelers, displacing Doha in nearby Qatar, where the tally was 3 million. In December, the average reached 224 passengers per flight. Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, says in a statement that authorities hope to have 89 million passengers in 2017.

Earlier a year ago at the IATA World Passenger Forum in Dubai, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said he expected 85 million passengers for 2016.

"We continue to enable that growth and enhance the passenger experience with top flight infrastructure, streamlined processes and technology". Monthly aircraft movements in December 2016 totalled 36,065, up 1.6 per cent compared to 35,491 movements during the same month in 2015, an increase of 5.9 per cent.

DXB saw a slight recovery in cargo volumes in the fourth quarter, contributing to the year's total of 2.6 million tonnes, a 3.4 percent increase on 2015. Our focus in 2017 and beyond will be on making the airport experience even more delightful, engaging and comfortable for our customers. Compared to December 2015, traffic went up 9.3%.

Dubai overtook London's Heathrow to become the world's busiest airport for worldwide traffic in 2014.

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