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Passenger traffic at Dubai International has exceeded all previous records in July surging to an historic high of 7.6 million, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

Passenger numbers in July totalled 7,616,792 compared to the 6,682,676 handled in July 2015, a significant increase of 14%. 

During the first seven months of the year, DXB welcomed 48.1 million passengers, a rise of 7% on the 44.9 million recorded during the same period last year.

Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in July up 33.4%, followed by Asia which grew by 20.8%, and the Indian subcontinent at 17.1%. GCC traffic rose 16.2% while North America registered an upturn of 13.9%.

Traditionally a strong market, India was the top destination country with 990,213 passengers, followed by the UK (573,025 passengers), and Saudi Arabia (475,841). London, Doha, Mumbai, Kuwait and Bangkok headed the list of the most popular destinations served from DXB.

“This summer was the busiest in DXB’s history with daily traffic averaging a quarter of a million passengers across the three terminals,” enthuses CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths.

“We are pleased as much with the growth as we are with the way we managed service levels by implementing detailed operational plans, boosting staff levels, intensifying communication efforts with our business partners and customers during the peak period.”

Meanwhile DXB is preparing for another increase in passenger numbers in the second week of August when millions will observe the Islamic festival of Eid Al Adha and perform the annual pilgrimage of Hajj.

The airport will host a number of exciting activities and aims to delight passengers with gifts and prizes as part of the Hangout@DXB campaign to encourage them to arrive early to the airport and enjoy all that is on offer.

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