Dubai International airport sets seat capacity record

14 April 2013

Airport to offer more than 750,000 more seats

Dubai International airport is the fastest growing airport in the world in terms of the seat capacity it offers.

From April, 757,000 additional seats will be available on airlines operating from Dubai International airport compared to April 2012, according the OAG, the UK-based aviation research company.

Seat capacity has grown by an average of 12 per cent a year since 2004.

Dubai’s growth is mainly attributed to the growth of Emirates. The airline has added nine new routes in the past 12 months.

However, Asia remains the dominant region in terms of seat capacity, with Asian airports accounting for four of the top 10 fastest growing airports. Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International airport has seen its seat capacity double since 2004. This growth has been fuelled by the increase in low-cost carriers (LCC) using the airport.

Four out of the top 10 fastest growing airports can attribute their rapid expansion to the growth of the LCC market, according to OAG.

OAG forecasts that airports in the Middle East and Asia Pacific will continue to outstrip the West in terms of increasing overall seat capacity in the coming years.

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