Dubai int’l airport posts 83.6 mln passengers in 2016

DUBAI, Jan, 24, 2017 (BSS/Xinhua) - Dubai Airports, the government-controlled holding of Dubai International Airport (DXB), said here on Tuesday the Middle East's biggest civil aviation hub recorded an annual traffic to 83.6 million passengers in 2016, representing a year-on-year growth of 7.2 percent.

The monthly passenger traffic breached the seven-million mark six times during the year, Dubai Airports added.

Earlier last year at the IATA World Passenger Forum in Dubai, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said he expected 85 million passengers for 2016.

The hub suffered a setback when a Boeing 777 of Emirates Airline, flying from Thiruvananthapuram, India, to Dubai, made an emergency landing at the Dubai International Airport on Aug. 3, 2016.

The aircraft crashed and burnt out, as 300 people, including 18 crew members, left the plane unharmed, but one Emirati firefighter was killed while putting out the blaze.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)