Dubai International Airport ferried a record over 5.5 million passengers in January 2013. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in the month, up from 4,852,139 in the same month last year. Aircraft movements totalled 31,332 in January 2013, climbing 5.6 per cent from the 29,680 movements in January 2012.
Most markets were boosted in January by holiday traffic as well as visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival, a company release said. Regionally, South America remained the fastest-expanding market in terms of percentage growth (23.7 per cent), followed by the GCC (21.8 per cent), Australasia (21.3 per cent) and North America (20.8 per cent). The Middle East was the only region to record fewer visitors (-6.5 per cent) with traffic impacted by continuing political instability in Iran and Syria.