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Dubai International Airport claimed the title of the world’s second busiest airport in 2023, with a remarkable growth of 31.7 percent compared to the previous year, Wego has learned. The airport handled nearly 87 million passengers, outperforming its own forecast and surpassing the 2019 figures of 86.4 million.

Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports, attributed this success to a robust performance in the latter half of the year, marking Dubai as one of the few global hubs to have navigated past the pandemic’s impact.


Griffiths emphasized that this accomplishment not only symbolizes the airport’s recovery but also mirrors Dubai’s enhanced global standing. The city’s bustling roads, vibrant hotels, and thriving economic activity underscore its newfound credibility on the global stage, further solidifying its status as a key player in the international tourism and trade sectors.

The extensive network of connections offered by the airport, covering 262 destinations across 104 countries served by 102 international airlines, underscores Dubai’s pivotal role in global commerce and tourism. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, lauded this exceptional performance as evidence of Dubai’s emergence as the world’s premier tourism destination and its crucial role in facilitating global trade.

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In related news, Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, also made headlines in 2023, securing its place among the top ten busiest airports worldwide, marking a notable presence for India on the list. This accomplishment distinguishes India as the only other Asian country to be represented among the world’s busiest airports.