Dubai Keeps Spot as World's Busiest International Airport

Dubai Keeps Spot as World's Busiest International Airport

Monday, 5 February, 2018 - 12:45
An Emirates plane seen on Feb. 10, 2013. (Photo: Kamran Jebreili AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Dubai airport was the world's busiest for international travel in 2017 for the fourth year running, with 88.2 million travelers, a statement said on Monday.

International traffic at the UAE airport increased by 4.6 million passengers or 5.5 percent compared to the previous year, operator Dubai Airports announced, despite a laptop ban temporarily imposed on its long-haul flights to the United States.

A major transit hub situated on transcontinental air routes, Dubai is one of several Gulf-based airports to have experienced prodigious growth in recent years.

CEO of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths said he expects the airport to see to 90.3 million passengers in 2018 as authorities turn their focus to implementing DXB Plus program to raise the airport's annual capacity to 118 million travelers.

Dubai International, the base for long-haul carrier Emirates and its budget airline FlyDubai, first surpassed London's Heathrow as the world's busiest airport for international traffic in 2014 and has maintained its lead since.

The United States in March imposed a ban on laptops and tablet computers inside the cabin on inbound flights from several Middle Eastern and North African countries including the United Arab Emirates.

But Emirates airline in July announced it had won an exemption from the ban for flights from its Dubai hub after implementing new security measures.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia remains the world's busiest airport overall.

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