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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 2021

  • DXB welcomed 10.6 m pax in H1, down 40.9%. The hub handled 1.1m tonnes of cargo in H1, up 27.7% YoY
  • DXB is serving 72% of the destinations in 91% of the countries on 82% of the airlines it did pre-Covid-19. The hub is in the consolidation phase of its business recovery, maintaining gradual but steady growth.
  • India was top destination country (1.9m pax) followed by Pakistan (700K) and Russia (400K) 
  • Top cities: New Delhi (374K), Addis Ababa (354K), Cairo (345K)
  • Dubai Airports reopened Terminal 1 and Concourse D 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 TRAFFIC 2020

  • 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.
  • As of February 22, 2021, there are now 142 destinations (61% recovery) served from DXB in 80 markets (85% recovery) on 57 airlines (75% recovery).

 

Dubai International (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 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.
  • Dubai Airports opened Concourse A, in January 2013, increasing DXB’s annual capacity from 60m to 75m passengers.

 

TRAFFIC HISTORY 

Pax 2019/18

Quarter

2018

2019

% Change

Q1

22,741,194

22,230,810

-2.2%

Q2

20,997,911

19,046,939

-9.2%

H1

43,739,105

41,277,749

-5.6%

Q3

23,782,331

 23,217,492

-4.5%

Q4

21,627,951

 21,901,516

1.3%

Total

89,149,387

86,396,757

-3.1%

 

Cargo 2019/18

Quarter

2018

2019

% Change

Q1

615,853

641,250

4.1%

Q2

652,308

587,567

-9.9%

H1

1,268,161

1,228,817

-3.1%

Q3

676,240

636,575

-5.9%

Q4

708,891

659,167

-7.0%

Total

2,641,383

2,514,918

-4.8%

Note: Dubai International’s Southern Runway was closed from April 16 to May 30, 2019 for a major refurbishment.

Top Country Destinations
In 2019, India was the top destination country by traffic volume (11.9 million passengers)
Saudi Arabia (6.3 million); United Kingdom (6.2 million); China (3.6 million); US (3.2 million)

Flights
373,261 (-8.6% YoY)
DXB serves 78 airlines flying to more than 245 airports in 238 cities across 103 countries.

Cargo
2,514,918 tonnes (-4.8% YoY)

Wait Times

  • Reduced by 15% in 2019 (*Based on comparison of daily passenger wait times at security, immigration and emigration check points during 2018 and 2019.)

Baggage Volume
73.1 million bags with delivery success rate of 99.96%

 

DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2017/18

DXB CARGO 2017/18

Month

2017

2018

% change

Month

2017

2018

% change

Jan

8,037,008

7,960,146

-1%

Jan

208,271

202,233

-2.9%

Feb

6,948,157

6,928,547

-0.3%

Feb

192,704

191,575

-0.6%

March

7,511,431

7,852,501

4.5%

Mar

235,503

222,045

-5.7%

April

7,622,946

7,613,155

-0.1

Apr

217,881

216,333

-0.7%

May

6,850,052

6,589,264

-3.8%

May

232,884

221,363

-4.9%

June

6,084,674

6,795,492

11.7%

Jun

215,668

214,612

-0.5%

July

8,065,789

8,207,987

1.8%

Jul

213,258

223,488

4.8%

Aug

8,233,311

8,376,478

1.7%

Aug

224,730*

219,629

-2.3%

Sep

7,215,182

7,197,866

-0.2%

Sep

217,120

221,213

1.9%

Oct

6,865,296

7,007,823

2.1%

Oct

231,805

237,499

2.5%

Nov

6,953,596

6,897,169

-0.8%

Nov

235,651

237,059

0.6%

Dec

7,854,657

7,722,959

-1.7%

Dec

229,068

234,333

2.3%

Total

88,242,099

89,149,387

1.0%

Total

2,654,542

2,641,383

-0.5%

  • 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

Month

2016

2017

% change

Month

2016

2017

% change

Jan

7,327,637

8,037,008

9.7%

Jan

201,483

208,271

3.4%

Feb

6,383,544

6,948,157

8.8%

Feb

196,460

192,704

-1.9%

March

7,237,509

7,511,431

3.8%

Mar

217,201

235,503

8.4%

April

6,979,063*

7,622,946

9.2%

Apr

213,790

217,881

1.9%

May

6,721,995

6,850,052

1.9%

May

226,916

232,884

2.6%

June

5,857,503

6,084,674

3.9%

Jun

226,174

215,668

- 4.6%

July

7,616,792

8,065,789

5.9%

Jul

203,153

213,258

5%

Aug

7,727,105

8,233,311

6.6%

Aug

201,100

224,730*

11.8%

Sep

7,094,738

7,215,182

1.7%

Sep

205,142

217,120

5.8%

Oct

6,420,208

6,865,296

6.9%

Oct

236,169

231,805

-1.8%

Nov

6,581,805

6,953,596

5.6%

Nov

234,743

235,651

0.4%

Dec

7,706,351

7,854,657

1.9%

Dec

230,122

229,019

-0.5%

Total

83,654,250

88,242,099

5.5%

Total

2,592,454

2,654,494

2.4%

*Figures have been restated due to data validation exercise and/or update in methodology.
 

DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2015/16

DXB CARGO 2015/16

Month

2015

2016

% change

Month

2015

2016

% change

Jan

6,895,668

7,327,637

6.3%

Jan

186,230

201,483

8.17

Feb

5,973,727

6,383,544

6.9%

Feb

191,587

196,460

 2.5%

March

6,736,932

7,237,509

7.4%

Mar

216,879

217,201

 0.1%

April

6,510,653

6,978,268

7.2%

Apr

204,075

213,790

 4.8%

May

6,267,640

6,721,995

7.2%

May

216,712

226,916

 4.7 %

June

5,914,671

5,857,503

(-1%)

Jun

217,896

226,175

 3.8%

July

6,682,676

7,616,792

14 %

Jul

205,526

203,153

 (-1.2%)

Aug

7,282,256

7,727,105

6.1%

Aug

207,427

201,100

(-3.1%) 

Sep

6,432,654

7,094,738

10.3%

Sep

207,315

205,142

 (-1%)

Oct

6,250,810

6,420,208

2.7%

Oct

215,714

236,169

 9.5%

Nov

6,013,911

6,581,805

9.4%

Nov

218,323

234,743

 7.5%

Dec

7,053,243

7,706,351

9.3%

Dec

218,408

230,122

 5.4%

Total

78,014,838

83,654,250

7.2%

Total

2,506,092

2,592,454

3.4%

 

DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2014/15

DXB CARGO 2014/15

Month

2014

2015

% change

Month

2014

2015

% change

Jan

6,400,706

6,895,668

7.7%

Jan

197,021

186,230

(-5.5%)

Feb

5,675,246

5,973,727

5.3%

Feb

188,702

191,002

1.2%

March

6,285,868

6,736,932

7.2%

Mar

228,154

216,879

(-4.9%)

April

6,159,634

6,510,653

5.7%

Apr

211,588*

204,075

(-3.6%)

May

5,086,910

6,267,640

23.2%

May

187,688*

216,712

15.5%

June

5,067,726

5,914,671

16.7%

Jun

185,842

217,896

17.2%

July

5,155,771

6,682,676

29.6%71

Jul

190,376

205,526

8.0%

Aug

6,648,058

7,282,256

9.5%

Aug

196,986*

207,427

5.3%

Sep

5,942,628

6,432,654

8.2%

Sep

206,643

207,315

0.3%

Oct

5,989,007

6,250,810

4.4%

Oct

200,435

215,714

7.6%

Nov

5,565,509

6,013,911

8.1%

Nov

210,251

218,323

3.8%

Dec

6,498,573

70,532,433

8.5

Dec

207,618

218,408

5.2%

YTD

70,473,893

78,014,838

10.70%

Total

2,423,677

2,506,092

3.40%

 (*Cargo volume for 2014 has been re-stated because of data validation exercise.)

DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2013/14

DXB CARGO 2013/14

Month

2013

2014

% change

Month

2013

2014

% change

Jan

5,559,760

6,400,706

15.1%

Jan

188,520

197,021

4.5%

Feb

5,080,360

5,675,246

11.7%

Feb

182,580

188,702

3.4%

March

5,846,297

6,285,868

7.5%

Mar

213,748

228,154

6.7%

April

5,418,946

6,159,634

13.7%

Apr

199,985

207,317

3.7%

May

5,218,832

5,086,910

(-2.5%)

May

209,985

182,028

(-13.3%)

June

5,537,908

5,067,726

(-8.5%)

Jun

210,134*

180,025

-14.3%

July

5,310,361

5,155,771

(-2.9%)

Jul

206,945*

184,720

(-10.7%)

Aug

5,999,375

6,648,058

10.8%

Aug

184,877

192,902

4.3%

Sep

5,407,326

5,942,628

9.9%

Sep

196,823

202,415

2.8%

Oct

5,667,698

5,989,007

5.7%

Oct

208,695

195,824

(-6.2%)

Nov

5,337,544

5,565,509

4.3%

Nov

223,195

205,375

(-8%)

Dec

6,047,126

6,498,573

7.5%

Dec

218,138

202,836

(-7%)

Total

66,431,533

70,475,636

6.1%

Total

2,443,624*

2,367,574

(-3.1%)

 *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

DXB CARGO 2012/13

Month

2012

2013

% change

Month

2012

2013

% change

Jan

4,852,139

5,559,760

14.6%

Jan

173,531

188,520

8.6%

Feb

4,561,147

5,080,360

11.4%

Feb

157,492

182,580

15.9%

March

4,848,320

5,846,297

20.6%

Mar

186,417

213,748

14.7%

April

4,566,673

5,418,946

18.7%

Apr

186,385

199,985

7.3%

May

4,388,614

5,218,832

18.9%

May

187,638

209,985

11.9%

June

4,714,746

5,537,908

17.5%

Jun

194,992

202,077

3.6%

July

5,006,155

5,310,361

6.1%

Jul

204,510

206,950

1.2%

Aug

4,847,152

5,999,375

23.8%

Aug

190,770

184,877

-3.1%

Sep

4,780,394

5,407,326

13.1%

Sep

193,261

196,823

1.8%

Oct

4,923,246

5,667,698

15.1%

Oct

202,619

208,695

3.0%

Nov

4,875,003

5,337,544

9.5%

Nov

200,060

223,195

11.6%

Dec

5,320,961

6,047,126

1360.0%

Dec

201,949

218,138

8.0%

Total

57,684,550

66,431,533

15.2%

Total

2,279,624

2,435,567

6.8%

 

DXB PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2011/12

DXB CARGO 2011/12

Month

2011

2012

% change

Month

2011

2012

% change

Jan

4,254,735

4,852,139

14.0%

Jan

178,199

173,531

-2.6%

Feb

3,831,385

4,561,147

19.0%

Feb

147,937

157,492

6.5%

March

4,201,708

4,848,320

15.4%

Mar

185,921

186,417

0.3%

April

4,237,548

4,566,673

7.8%

Apr

179,397

186,385

3.9%

May

3,976,633

4,388,614

10.4%

May

187,905

187,638

0.1%

June

4,065,809

4,714,746

16.0%

Jun

183,365

194,992

6.3%

July

4,724,109

5,006,155

6.0%

Jul

192,538

204,510

6.2%

Aug

4,019,230

4,847,152

20.0%

Aug

182,782

190,770

4.4%

Sep

4,236,587

4,780,394

12.8%

Sep

177,128

193,261

9.1%

Oct

4,307,817

4,923,246

14.3%

Oct

197,841

202,619

2.4%

Nov

4,431,673

4,875,003

10.0%

Nov

191,658

200,060

4.4%

Dec

4,690,726

5,320,961

13.4%

Dec

189,593

201,949

6.5%

Total

50,977,960

57,684,550

13.20%

Total

2,194,264

2,279,624

3.9%

 

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.
 

Terminal Expansion

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
     

Passenger Traffic

Quarter

2018

2019

Change

Q1

334,455

326,680

-2.3%

Q2

183,358

921,826

402.7%

Q3

119,363

21,926

-81.6%

Q4

263,026

363,626

38.2%

Annual

900,202

1,634,058

81.5%

  • 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).
     

Cargo Volume

Quarter

2018

2019

Change

Q1

229,831

215,763

-6.1%

Q2

245,359

234,238

-4.3%

H1

475,190

450,000

-5.3%

Q3

254,421

226,830

-10.8%

Annual

987,986

911,571

-7.7%

  • 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.
     

2018

  • 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.


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.