Dubai International airport recorded a 5.8 per cent increase in passenger traffic for March, compared to the same time the year before.

The airport recorded 4.2 million passengers last month, compared to 3.9 million passengers in March 2010.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Dubai Airports says he expects the airport to record more than 50 million passengers in 2011 (MEED 2:2:11). The airport recorded 47.2 million in 2010.

Total aircraft movements totalled 27,674 in March, which is up 6.3 per cent from 26,037 in March 2010. During the first quarter of 2011, 12.3 million passengers passed through the airport, which is a seven per cent increase on the 11.5 million passengers that passed through Dubai airport during the first three months of 2010.

The largest increase in passenger numbers were recorded on routes to and from the GCC, India, Asia-Pacific and Russia and the CIS countries.

Passenger numbers dropped on Middle Eastern routes and African routes due to political unrest in those regions.

International air freight volumes dropped 3.7 per cent at the airport in March. Total volume was 185,921 tonnes. During the first quarter of 2011, the total volume of air cargo was down 2.2 per cent to 507,282 tonnes.