Dubai airport handles 4.5m passengers in April

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Dubai International airport has reported a 7.8% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers to 4.57 million for April.

It marks the hub's fourth consecutive month handling more than 4.5 million passengers, resulting in a 13.9% year-to-date surge in traffic.

The largest increase was recorded on routes to and from countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), followed by Africa and western Europe.

Overall traffic on Middle Eastern routes continued its downward trend owing to instability in certain parts of the region, the airport says.

Aircraft movements for the month grew by 7.2% to 28,500, while cargo volumes at the airport increased 3.9% to 186,000t.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai airports, predicts that the Gulf hub could surpass 5 million passengers per month during the summer peak.