With Dubai Airports focus firmly on sustainable growth, the steady, continued development of new routes is hugely encouraging at both airports, especially within emerging markets.
An important growth market for Dubai’s tourism and trade is China. In 2018 over 3.5 million customers travelled between DXB and 13 Chinese destinations, on six airlines operating 205 weekly flights – a six percent growth on the previous year. This growth was supported by the commencement in September 2018 of three weekly non-stop China Eastern flights between DXB and Shanghai. With the same operator already running three weekly flights via a stopover in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province, links between Dubai and Shanghai have never been stronger.
To meet and satisfy the growing number of Chinese travellers at DXB, the airport has embarked on a plan which focuses on anticipating requirements unique to the Chinese culture and making product and service enhancements accordingly to enhance services.
Closer to home, in March Dubai Airports welcomed the inaugural flight of SaudiGulf Airlines from Riyadh into Terminal 1 at DXB. The first of a new service offering double daily connections between Dubai and the Saudi capital. Saudi Arabia consistently ranks within the top three traffic city destinations for DXB with 6,471,142 customers travelling last year alone.
At DWC, the relaxation of UAE visa regulations and increase in charter traffic for Russian visitors was a significant factor in rising passenger numbers, where traffic from the region rose, year on year, by 44.4%. In fact, Moscow was the top destination city in terms of traffic numbers at Dubai’s second airport in 2018 (121,049). Western Europe also saw sustained growth at DWC, with passenger numbers up by a resounding 107.9% (196,355 passengers), and Eastern Europe growing by 3.7% (186,655 passengers).