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How Dubai continues to dominate international air travel in January

DXB named busiest international airport in the world, with almost 1.3m more seats than the next busiest, London Heathrow

Dubai has maintained its position as the world’s biggest international aviation hub in January with four routes in the busiest top 10 list, according to new data.

The No 1 status has been kept despite its operations to Kuwait and Karachi sliding out of the list this month.

According to aviation analysts OAG, the most popular international route this month is Dubai to Riyadh with 289,396 seats, ahead of Cairo-Jeddah (286,362).

Other Dubai routes in the top 10 include London Heathrow (247,145), Jeddah (217,864) and Bahrain (168,110), the figures showed.

OAG said Atlanta and Dubai kept their positions as the busiest global airports in the world while Tokyo moved up the most by three places to become the third busiest ahead of Guangzhou and Dallas.

Dubai’s DXB also retained its position as the busiest international airport in the world this month, with almost 1.3 million more seats than the next busiest, London Heathrow.

The data showed that DXB’s January seats total 3,529,427 compared to 2,244,396 for London Heathrow.

DXB’s performance improvement follows an announcement last month that it is now operating at 100 percent with Concourse A in Terminal 3 reopened after a lengthy closure caused by the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

DXB’s Terminal 3 was expected to serve more than 1.6 million passengers in the second half of December during the month’s peak seasonal travel period.

The journey back to full operations following the closure in March 2020 began with the reopening of Terminals 2 and 3 and Concourses B and C for normal inbound passenger operations from June 22, 2020, following the easing of international travel regulations for residents by UAE authorities.

Outbound travel for UAE citizens and residents was opened on June 23 while Dubai welcomed the first international tourists from July 7, 2020. Dubai Airports reopened Terminal 1 and Concourse D, home to over 60 international airlines, 0n June 24.

Over past 18 months, there has been a steady increase in passenger traffic which has intensified in recent months.

Traffic reached 10.6 million passengers in the first half of 2021, followed by robust growth in Q3 of 2021 and a surge in October which took the year-to-date passenger numbers to 20.7 million.

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