Dubai Airports Main Fact File
DXB and DWC Airport Facilities, Capacity, and Traffic
Dubai Airports manages the development and operation of both of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International (DXB), the world’s number one airport for international passengers, and Dubai World Central (DWC). Dubai Airports was established as a commercial entity in April 2007, following organisational restructuring of the erstwhile Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
DXB Traffic 2022
- DXB Q1 traffic totalled 13.6m passengers, up 15.7% over 11.8m recorded in Q4 2021 and the highest since Q1 2020.
- March 2022 was the busiest month since the start of the pandemic with 5.5m passengers. For comparison, Q1 2021 passenger traffic was 5.7m.
- Top Countries
India – 1.6m pax | Saudi Arabia – 1.1m pax | Pakistan – 997K pax UK – 934K pax
- Top Destinations
London – 617K pax | Riyadh – 517K pax | Jeddah – 337K pax | Istanbul – 324K pax
- DXB handled 519,555 tonnes of cargo in Q1, down 15.5% compared to Q4 2021.
- Total of 81,966 flight movements, up 5.8% compared to Q4 2021.
- The annual forecast for 2022 is 58.3m pax.
DXB TRAFFIC 2021
- DXB reatained its position as the world's busiest international airport for the 8th consecutive year after welcoming 29.1 m pax in 2021, up 12.7% YoY.
- The hub handled 2.3m tonnes of cargo year to date September, up 20% YoY.
- DXB is currently connected to 198 destinations across 93 countries through 84 international carriers – significantly more than in 2019 before the pandemic.
- India was top destination country (4.2m pax) followed by Pakistan (1.8m) and Saudi Arabia (1.5m)
- Top cities: Istanbul (916K), Cairo (905K), London (814K) and New Delhi (791K)
- The hub is in the consolidation phase of its business recovery, maintaining gradual but steady growth.
- Annual traffic was propelled by a spike in the final three months of the year during which DXB recorded 11.8m passengers, 77% more than in the previous quarter.
- The fourth quarter was the busiest since Q1 of 2020, and the first time since the start of the pandemic that DXB’s quarterly traffic surpassed the 10m mark.
- December was the busiest month in 2021 with 4.5m passengers.
- DXB returned to 100% operational capacity on November 24 with the reopening of Concourse A after the facility was closed for 20 months.
- Earlier, Terminal 1 and Concourse D were reopened on June 24, 2021 almost 15 months after the facilities were closed down in March 2020 following the partial suspension of operations at DXB as part of measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.
DXB Fast Facts
- Airport Perimeter – 7 KM X 2.5 KM
- DXB comprises three terminals- Terminal 1 (includes Concourse D) serves all airlines; - Terminal 2 serves scheduled, charter, and special flights (pilgrimage); - Terminal 3 (includes Concourses A, B & C) is dedicated for use by Emirates.
- DXB retained its position as world’s number 1 international airport for the seventh consecutive year with annual traffic of 25.9 million passengers in 2020 (-70% YoY).
- DXB became the world’s number 1 airport for international passengers in 2014 with traffic totalling 70.4 million passengers.
- Total built up area of DXB is 2,122,474sqm [T1+Concourse C (246,474sqm) + T2 (13000 sqm) + T3+Concourse B (1,185,000 sqm) + Concourse A (528,000) + Concourse D (150,000sqm)]
- The 35,000 sqm cargo facility at DXB capable of handling 3.1 million tonnes of cargo annually
- DXB ranks among the world’s top 10 cargo hubs in terms of international freight traffic.
- DXB has a total of 526 check in counters
- T1 - 211 | Transfers (Concourse D) - 31 | T2 - 52 | T3 - 232
- Busiest month – August 2018 with 8.3 million passengers (approx. 280,000 passengers per day; 11,500 passengers per hour; 191.5 passengers per minute)
- The Baggage Handling System (BHS) is 175KM long and an average bag spends 29 mins in the system.
- The BHS handles up to 9.3m bags/month during peak season (2018). Powered by more than 21,000 motors, the BHS has 15,000 trays and is spread over an area equal to 75 football fields.
- Dubai Duty Free sells an average of 2.9 million bottles of perfume 2,066 tonnes of chocolate, 995 tonnes of dates and 2,711 kilograms of gold every year.
- Dubai Airports opened Concourse A, in January 2013, increasing DXB’s annual capacity from 60m to 75m passengers.
- Dubai Airports opened the $1.2 billion Concourse D to serve 60 airlines that operate into Dubai International Terminal 1 on February 24, 2016, taking the airport’s annual capacity from 75m passengers to 90m passengers.
- The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on traffic at the world’s leading international airport throughout 2020 due to lockdowns and closure of airports and airlines around the world.
- DXB had ceased all operations from March 25 following directives by UAE authorities as part of national measures to tackle the spread of the virus. UAE residents were allowed return to the country from June 22 while Dubai reopened for international tourists from July 7, 2020.
- Between March and April, Dubai Airports worked with diplomatic missions, airlines and UAE authorities to enable the repatriation of 500,000 people on 4,100 special flights from DXB and DWC.
- DXB welcomed a total of 25.9 million passengers for the full year of 2020 (-70%).
- India retained its position as the top destination country for DXB by passenger numbers, with traffic for 2020 reaching 4.3 million, followed by the United Kingdom with 1.89 million customers and Pakistan coming in third with 1.86 million customers. Other destination countries of note include Saudi Arabia with 1.45 million customers.
- The top three cities by passengers were London (1.15 million) Mumbai (772,000) and New Delhi with 722,000 passengers.
- DXB handled 183,993 flights (-51.4%) in 2020, with average number of customers/flight contracting to 188, down 20.3%.
- DXB moved 1,932,022 tonnes (-23.2%) of international cargo during 2020.
2019 Traffic (Pax)
Note: Dubai International’s Southern Runway was closed from April 16 to May 30, 2019 for a major refurbishment.
Top Country Destinations
India - 11.9m pax | Saudi Arabia - 6.3m pax | United Kingdom - 6.2m pax | China - 3.6m pax | US - 3.2m pax
373,261 (-8.6% YoY)
DXB serves 78 airlines flying to more than 245 airports in 238 cities across 103 countries.
2,514,918 tonnes (-4.8% YoY)
73.1 million bags with delivery success rate of 99.96%
DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2017/18
DXB CARGO 2017/18
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- Flight movements in 2018 totalled 408,251, down -0.3% compared to 409,493 recorded in 2017.
- The average number of passengers per flight in 2018 was 226 up 1.3% from 223 in 2017.
DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2016/17
DXB CARGO 2016/17
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*Figures have been restated due to data validation exercise and/or update in methodology.
DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2015/16
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DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2014/15
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|(*Cargo volume for 2014 has been re-stated because of data validation exercise.)|
DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2013/14
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|*Previously shared cargo figures for 2013 did not include mail and courier. This has now been corrected and will require updating the percentage growth figures.|
DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2012/13
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DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2011/12
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Dubai World Central (DWC)
Dubai’s second airport opened its doors to passengers on October 27, 2013 with Wizz Air as the launch airline. Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways launched services from October 31 while Gulf Air commenced flights from December 8, 2013.
DWC welcomed the launch of flydubai’s operations with the arrival of their first flight on October 25, 2015. The airline will operate services to a number of destinations from DWC as it continues its operations from Dubai International.
Dubai Airports launched cargo operations at DWC on June 27, 2010 as part of the first phase of the project. All cargo operators were moved from DXB to DWC by May 2014, making DWC the main cargo hub. It is also home to 20 cargo operators that fly to as many as 43 cities around the world.
Dubai Airports announced in 2015 a project to expand existing passenger terminal at DWC to accommodate 26 million passengers per annum by 2018.
The expanded facility opened in 2018 after the successful completion of a thorough testing and trial programme. The expanded facility opened in time to offer alternate capacity for airlines during the closure of one of Dubai International’s two runway for refurbishment from April 16 to May 30th, 2019.
The expanded passenger terminal provides a total of 24 boarding gates, a brand new 6,000 bags per hour baggage handling system, 7 baggage reclaim carousels and 104 check-in desks.
DWC Expansion Quick Facts
- Capacity – 26.5 million (vs current capacity at AUH – 20m, STN – 20m, IST – 30m)
- Baggage carousels - 7 (up from 4)
- Arrivals immigration counters – 40 (up from 16)
- Arrivals smart gates – 5 (up from 4 but space for 20)
- Check-in desks – 90 + 4 OOG (up from 40 + 2 OOG)
- Business class check-in – 10 (new)
- Total check-in – 104 (up from 42)
- Departure boarding gates – 24 (up from 12)
- Baggage system – 80 chutes, 8 transfers, 4000 EBS, 6000 bags per hour (up from 4 make-up carousels, 1 transfer line 0 EBS)
- Hammerhead – new facility, 12 boarding gates, Business class lounge/boarding
- Parking – 2,542 (up from 759)
- Area of PTB – 144,000 sqm
- Remote a/c stands – 98 – largest in the world (up from69)
- Expanded taxi/limo staging area and pick up/drop off
- Dubai World Central (DWC) welcomed a total of 1.6 million passengers in 2019, up 81.5%, mainly resulting from the relocation of operations by a number of airlines during the 45-day closure of one of DXB’s two runways for rehabilitation in April-May 2019.
- A total of 36,949 flights took off or landed at DWC in 2019 (23.3% YoY).
- DWC moved a total of 911,571 tonnes of freight in 2019, a year on year decline of -7.7%.
- DWC is served by 6 passenger airlines operating an average of 30 weekly flights to 45 international destinations. It is also home to 17 cargo operators that fly to as many as 45 cities around the world.
- Passenger traffic at DWC totalled 900,202 passengers in 2018, down 0.5% compared to 2017.
- DWC handled 987,986 tonnes of cargo in 2018 a year on year increase of 1.6% compared to 972,295 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2017.
- There were 29,959 flight movements at DWC in 2018, down 12.4% as compared to 2017.
- DWC welcomed 904,940 passengers in 2017, up 6.4% compared to 850,633 passengers recorded in 2016.
- Aircraft movements at DWC totalled 34,198, down 11.6% over the 29,380* movements recorded in 2016.
- DWC handled 972,295 tonnes of freight in 2017, up 8.3% compared to 897,998 tonnes recorded during 2016.
- DWC is home to 23 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 68 destinations around the world.
- Dubai Airports launched General Aviation operations at DWC on February 28, 2011 with Al Futtaim Services Company as the launch customer.