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13 - 15 May 2025

DXB Plans Route to the 120 Million Passenger Milestone

Dubai International (DXB) airport is planning to enhance the airport's capacity to 120 million passengers per year through the use of new technology as well as through the expansion and renovation of current infrastructure. In November 2023, Dubai Airports exceeded 2019's traffic with 86.8 million passengers. By the third quarter of 2023, Dubai Airports restored monthly passenger volume to 7.6 million. The world's largest hub recorded 22.9 million passengers in Q3, the most since 2019, leading to 64.5 million passengers for the first nine months of the year, up 39.3% from 2022 and 1% from 2019.

The CEO, Paul Griffiths, highlighted the remarkable journey of Dubai Airports, which began in 1961 with 42,000 passengers and has now grown to accommodate 7.5 million passengers monthly, served by 95 airlines connecting 254 cities. Griffiths noted the airport's growth and optimism for the future.

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Factors in DXB’s Success

The successful ascent of Dubai Airport to its ambitious target of 120 million passengers is due in large part to several critical reasons. Strategic efforts, new technology, and visionary leadership all contributed to this outstanding success story. Aside from that, here are other factors:

Future Schemes

A massive mega-expansion is planned for Dubai International Airport (DXB), with an anticipated investment of AED 6–10 billion ($1.6–2.7 billion) during the next 5–7 years. This expansion includes the following:

  • Evolution into a smart airport for an upgraded operational capability

  • New collaborations to strengthen the airport's overall functionality

  • Introduction of additional lounges to elevate the passenger experience

  • Designing and optimising spaces to facilitate seamless passenger movement

  • Streamlining processes to improve gate controller performance

  • Implementing advanced technological solutions to enhance efficiency and improve passenger services

DXB's Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainable Vision in Air Travel

The 120 million passenger milestone demonstrates DXB's capacity to persevere and adjust in the midst of extraordinary obstacles. DXB is setting the path for a new age of air travel by putting an emphasis on cutting-edge technology, maintaining an uncompromising devotion to sustainability, and continuously evolving.

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