How Indians turned Dubai airport into the world's busiest airport in 2018

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Jan 29, 2019, 08:18 AM IST

Dubai International Airport on Monday said it has retained its position as the world's busiest airport for the fifth consecutive year in a row in 2018 with Indian travellers emerging as the largest source of traffic for the airport which registered a record footfall of over 89 million. 


Annual traffic at the major transit hub rose slightly to 89,15 million passengers, up just over 1.0 per cent on the number who used the airport in 2017, it said in a statement. Although the figure was a new record high, it missed on the 90.3 million passengers the Dubai airport had projected for 2018. "2018 was yet another remarkable year for Dubai Airports," said CEO Paul Griffiths.   Image source: Reuters


According to the latest figures, a total of 89,149,387 travellers used the airport in 2018. India remained the biggest source of traffic for the airport, accounting for more than 12.2 million travellers. Most of them coming from the Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, and Cochin.  Image source: Reuters


Saudis came second over 6.4 million passengers, overtaking travellers from the United Kingdom. About 6.3 million British nationals used the airport.  Image source: Reuters


It overtook the crown of the world's busiest hub for international travel from London's Heathrow in 2014. The airport also handled over 408,000 flights last year, about 0.3 per cent down from the previous year.  Image source:


The Dubai International Airport (DXB) was opened for civil aviation in July 1937.  Image source: