Dubai International airport records 127% year-on-year passenger growth

Dubai International airport records 127% year-on-year passenger growth

DXB welcomed 66,069,981 passengers in 2022

Dubai International (DXB) has registered a year of strong recovery that propelled the annual passenger numbers passed 66 million in 2022. 

The airport’s growth outpaced the annual forecast in the final months of the year following a strong fourth quarter.

DXB’s traffic volumes were propelled by strong growth in the final quarter of the year during which the airport recorded 19,729,155 passengers, up 67% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. It was the busiest quarter since 2019. 

December was the busiest month of the year with 7.1 million passengers, the first time since January 2020 that DXB’s monthly traffic passed the 7 million mark.


India retained its position as the top destination country for DXB by passenger volume, with a total of 9.8 million passengers, followed by Saudi Arabia with 4.9 million passengers, and the UK with 4.6 million passengers. 

Other destinations of note include Pakistan (3.7 million passengers), the US (3 million), and Russia (1.9 million), which along with Turkey (1.6 million) has recorded more than 100% recovery in passenger volumes compared to 2019 levels.  

DXB’s top destination cities during 2022 were London with 3 million passengers, Riyadh (2 million), Mumbai (1.9 million) and Jeddah and New Delhi both with 1.7 million passengers.

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Despite increasing passenger numbers, the airport continued to operate efficiently. The average waiting time at passport control queues was less than 13 minutes for 95.48% of the arriving passengers, and 96.24% of passengers queued for less than five minutes at departure passport control.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said: "We knew it was the year when growth would return to the air travel sector in a big way, but the surge was much stronger than anticipated and we had to do our best to turn that challenge into an opportunity. 

"Thanks to the planning, preparation and all the collaboration and hard work of our people across the airport community, we were ready to meet the challenge of rapid recovery in customer numbers while delivering significant improvement in our service quality across the board."

DXB is currently connected to 229 destinations across 99 countries through more than 88 international carriers.

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