India remained the single largest destination country, recording 12,060,435 pax (+5.4%) in 2017, while the United Kingdom ranked second with 6,466,406 pax (+6.7%) ahead of Saudi Arabia at 6,364,598 pax (+4.6%).
Despite a slowing of growth, with December showing just a 1.9 percent increase year-on-year, for the full year DXB added nearly 4.6 million passengers to reach a total of 88,242,099. While Indians lead the charts, British passengers followed at the second place with 6.5 million passengers and Saudis taking the third position with 6.4 million passengers. According to a report, 88.2 million travellers were recorded who travelled to and through Dubai airport.
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The number of Russian passengers increased 28 per cent to 1.3 million and Chinese travellers grew 19.4 per cent to 2.2 million in 2017.
"With passenger traffic is expected to reach 90.3 million in 2018, our focus in the new year will be on the DXB Plus programme which aims to expand the airport's annual capacity to 118 million passengers through process improvements and use of new technology", added Mr Griffiths. Passenger numbers from Thailand also soared 15.2 per cent to 2.4 million after Emirates expanded capacity to and from that destination.
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The most popular destination/origin city was London with 4,011,598 passengers, followed by Mumbai on 2,477,771 and Jeddah with 2,113,820 passengers.