Dubai airport named world's busiest airport for international travellers
The airport welcomed an impressive 89.1 million passengers last year…
For the fifth year in a row Dubai International Airport (DXB) has been named the world’s busiest airport for international travellers. In 2018, DXB saw a record 89.1 million passengers travel through, a growth of one per cent versus the previous year.
Dubai airport has been the world’s busiest for international travellers since 2014, when it took the title from London’s Heathrow.
The airport is known as the hub for airlines Emirates and flydubai and while the number of flights fell slightly by 0.3 per cent (a total of 408,251 flights took off in 2018), the number number of passengers per plane grew to an average of 226 people per plane, according to the airport operator.
Dubai airport has previously said it believes it can overtake Atlantic and Beijing airports to become the world’s busiest overall by 2021.
In a video posted to YouTube, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths also talked about other key changes DXB had introduced in 2018, which include the opening of Hard Rock Cafe, Candylicious and a Nutella Cafe.
It was an impressive year for Dubai International Airport, which also saw it welcome its one billionth passenger in 2018.
Nine-year-old Arjun, who was traveling with his brother and parents, arrived in Dubai on EK220, a 14-hour flight from Orlando, Florida on Thursday December 20.
The family were met to huge celebrations, and have been told they will “be treated to an incredible 4-day Dubai experience”, according to a Tweet by Dubai Airports.