Dubai Overtakes Heathrow as Worlds Number 1 Airport

Dubai Overtakes Heathrow as Worlds Number 1 AirportDubai Airport Worlds’s Number One

Passenger numbers for the first 2 months of 2014 suggest Dubai Airport is on course to become the world’s number one airport

Passenger traffic is up by 13.5% to 12.1m passengers in January and February 2014, Heathrow saw figures of 10.3m during the same time period. 2013 saw Dubai airport welcome 66.4m passengers with a 15.2% rate of growth

Passenger numbers into Dubai International Airport have risen by 13.5% to 12.1m in the first 2 months of 2014, overtaking London’s Heathrow Airport in the process.

The figures for London revealed that 10.3m passengers visited in January and February, 1.8m less than the number who visited Dubai.

Data from both airports’ authorities showed levels of growth during the past year, but it is Dubai that is vastly outperforming London in terms of growth rates.

February alone saw 5.7m passengers using Dubai International Airport, as visitors, workers and investors flock to the region.

In 2013, 66.4m passengers visited Dubai, up 15.2% from the year before while Heathrow had 72.3m passengers passing through its gates, up 3.4% on 2012.

The figures for the start of 2014 suggest that Dubai International is on course to become the world’s number one airport and growth is expected to continue thanks to widespread development projects and the hosting of the World Expo 2020 in the Emirate.

“We are on track to take over the top spot by 2015,” Dubai Airport’s chief executive officer Paul Griffiths said in a statement.

The infrastructure improvements seen across the Emirate are being completed following predictions that a greater number of people will eventually choose to live in Dubai, a factor providing a number of opportunities for potential investors.

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