Dubai International (DXB), the world’s busiest international hub, welcomed 41.6 million visitors in H1, just over 100 percent compared to the traffic recorded during the first six months of 2019.
DXB registered a robust performance throughout the second quarter, during which passenger traffic surged by 42.7 percent year on year to reach 20.3 million. May was the busiest month during Q2, with 6.9 million visitors. Propelled by a strong Q2, DXB’s H1 traffic totaled 41.6 million guests, up 49.1 percent compared to 27.9 million recorded in H1 2022.
India continues to lead as DXB’s top destination country in terms of traffic, with 6 million guests in H1, followed by Saudi Arabia (3.1 million passengers) and the United Kingdom (2.8 million passengers). Other leading destinations include Pakistan (2 million guests), the U.S. (1.8 million guests), Russia (1.3 million guests) and Germany (1.2 million guests).
Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, Dubai Airports is optimistic about the levels of demand and is expecting record-breaking numbers during the winter season.
“We started H2 2023 with strong demand in July, and with the ongoing seasonal peak coinciding with the reopening of schools in August, we’re preparing for an exceptionally busy rest of the year. We’ve readjusted our forecast for the year from 83.6 million guests to 85 million, just 1.6 percent shy of DXB’s annual traffic in 2019,” added Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.