Dubai Overtakes Heathrow as World's Busiest Airport

Dubai has dislodged London’s Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic according to statistics from the Airports Council International.

With 68.9 million passengers passing through Dubai International Airport as of December 22, it has accommodated more passengers than any airport in the world. Previous crown-holder Heathrow Airport’s 67.8 million comes in second.

Dubai achieved its lofty position despite using only a single runway for 80 days due to refurbishment project that caused a temporary decline in number of flights.

“Given the traffic achieved in the first 11 months, together with some of the busiest days on record in December, we are confident of ending the year above the 70 million mark and confirming our position as the world’s busiest international airport,” said Paul Griffiths, the British-born chief executive of Dubai Airports. He added: “Looking forward to 2015, the prospects remain exceedingly bright, and we expect to maintain the growth achieved this year in the next 12 months.”

Figures from the airport operator for November showed that passenger traffic was up 4.3% year on year to 5.5 million.

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