KHALEEJ TIMES, Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 | Rajab 7, 1440
DXB remains world's busiest airport in 2018
Dubai International (DXB) has retained its top position in terms of
international passenger traffic and third largest for total passenger traffic in
According to Airports Council International (ACI) figures released on Wednesday,
the emirate's airport handled 88.88 million international passengers last year,
an increase of 1.3 per cent. Dubai is followed by airports in London (75.3
million), Hong Kong (74.36 million), Amsterdam (70.95 million) and Incheon
For overall passenger traffic, Atlanta airport retained its first position with
107.39 million passengers followed by 100.98 million by Beijing airport and
89.14 million by Dubai International. Los Angeles (87.53 million) and Tokyo
(87.13 million) made up to the top five busiest airport ranking last year.
ACI's preliminary figures revealed that passenger traffic remained resilient in
2018 and is estimated to have reached 8.8 billion, growing by an estimated six
per cent as compared to the previous year. This increase is above the 4.3 per
cent compound annual growth rate for passenger traffic from 2007 to 2017.
In other significant findings, India became the world's third-largest aviation
market in terms of passenger throughput, behind the US and China in 2018.
"It is heartening to see that global passenger traffic growth has remained
resilient in the face of an increasingly tense and challenging geopolitical
climate," said Angela Gittens, director-general, ACI World.
"Aviation is strongly linked to the global economy and to local development,
however, and the protectionist rhetoric that has swept several Western countries
will continue to restrain growth in the efficient flow of people, goods and
services," she said.
According to ACI, air cargo market did not fare as well as passenger traffic
with a year-end growth figure of 3.2 per cent.
In terms of total international airfreight traffic handling for 2018, Hong Kong,
Shanghai, Incheon and Dubai airports retained the top four positions. While
Taipei overtook Tokyo to fifth positions for handling more cargo in 2018.