Dubai International Airport (DXB) has been termed as the world’s busiest airport for international travel in 2018.
The airport managed 88.88 million international passengers last year, becoming the third largest airport for total passenger traffic in 2018 and the busiest one for international travelers.
The statistics shared by Airports Council International (ACI) show that the airport experienced a 1.3 percent increase in the international passenger traffic in 2018.
Airports following the Emirates airport include London’s Heathrow with 75.3 million international passenger traffic, Hong Kong with 74.36 million traffic, Amsterdam with 70.95 million traffic, and Incheon with 67.67 million traffic.
As for overall passenger traffic, Atlanta airport maintained its top spot with 107.39 million passengers. The Beijing airport came second, having handled 100.98 million while the DXB claimed the third spot with 89.14 million.
Whereas, Los Angeles and Tokyo managed to claim the fourth and fifth spot with 87.53 million and 87.13 million passengers respectively.
Moreover, ACI’s preliminary figures show that passenger traffic remained strong last year. It is estimated to hit the 8.8 billion mark, depicting a growth of an estimated six percent when compared to the previous year.
This increase exceeds the 4.3 percent compound annual growth rate for passenger traffic from 2007 to 2017. The ACI statistics have further revealed that India has become the world’s third largest aviation market in terms of passengers flying to and from its airports. It only remained behind the US and China in 2018.
However, the cargo market could not do well last year with a growth of 3.2 percent. In terms of international airfreight traffic of 2018, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Incheon, and Dubai airports took the first four positions.