Passenger traffic at Dubai’s second airport, Al-Maktoum International, reached 119,000 in the third quarter of 2018, a 26 per cent rise compared with the figure reported over the same period last year.

The airport’s year-to-date passenger traffic, at 637,176, is still down by 1.9 per cent.

Flight movements also fell by 11.7 per cent during the third quarter, bringing year-to-date total flight movements to 21,811, some 12.3 per cent lower compared with the corresponding period in 2017.

A reverse trend is noted for the airport’s cargo volume, which decreased by 2.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year but is 3.5 per cent higher, at 729,611 tonnes, compared with the first three quarters of 2017.

Al-Maktoum International recently expanded capacity from 5 to 26 million passengers a year. The airport is expected to absorb traffic resulting from the closure of Dubai International’s southern runway between April and May next year.

Passenger traffic for the first nine months of 2018 at Dubai International, the emirate’s main airport, reached 67.42 million, a 1.4 per cent increase compared with the figure reported a year earlier.

In 2017, Dubai International processed 88.23 million passengers, up 5.5 per cent over 2016 .