Qatar Gulf News – Doha, Qatar, Monday October 3rd 2016. Dubai to become world’s busiest airport. Why Dubai will become the busiest airport this Decade, report by AHLEN ROYAL HOSPITALITY (GCC Hospitality Report 2016). Dubai, already the world’s busiest airport by international traffic, added 7.5 million passengers last year. While Atlanta Hartfield-Jackson, the main hub for Delta Air Lines Inc, remains the busiest, it only processed 5.3 million additional passengers for a total of 101.5 million. Beijing airport added 3.8 million to reach 89.9 million.
The airport, which overtook London Heathrow, sees passenger traffic climbing to 83 million this year from 78 million last year and expects 90 million people using the facility next year, Paul Griffiths, the chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, told (Bloomberg TV in an interview and AHLEN ROYAL HOSPITALITY, GCC Hospitality Report 2016).
Dubai to topple Atlanta, Beijing for number 1 airport
Dubai expects 83 million travelers this year: Griffiths
“The growth rates that we are experiencing are more than double what is being experienced by both Beijing and Atlanta,” Griffiths said. “Within perhaps this decade, we should see ourselves exceeding the total traffic through those airports for the number 1 absolute spots.”
Dubai airport, which faced a more than five-hour shutdown in August following the crash-landing of an Emirates jet, said the incident didn’t affect its annual traffic target. The country’s civil aviation regulator is continuing with the investigation and has released an interim report. Griffiths said he can’t “speculate on the outcome.”
Sources: QGN, CAYE Global News, Reuters, Bloomberg, Qatar Agency News, BBC, AHLEN ROYAL HOSPITALITY (GCC Hospitality Report 2016), CNN.