Dubai airport passenger traffic rises in April

26 May 2010

(MENAFN) The Dubai International Airport said its April passenger numbers rose 13.9 per cent from 3,289,037 to 3,745,016 and cargo volumes increased 19.6 percent from 149,169 tons to 178,357 tons versus the same period last year, Khaleej Times reported.

Year to date passenger traffic increased 18.7 per cent to 15,215,536, while cargo grew by 24.6 percent to 715,628 tons compared to April 2009.

The volcanic ash cloud and resulting airspace closures in Europe that occurred April 15-21 caused over 100,000 flight cancellations worldwide and prevented 10 million passengers from flying, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

At Dubai International, timely communication and airline re-routing minimized the impact to just over 500 flight cancellations, stranding some 6,000 passengers, the large majority of whom were accommodated in hotels around the city.

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