This is hard to believe, but since its founding in 1960, Dubai International Airport (DXB) has carried 1 billion passengers (that is, in conversion to almost every seventh inhabitant of the planet!). This kind of anniversary was celebrated on the New Year’s Eve, in the second half of December. Nine-year-old Arjun, a billionth passenger who used the services of this airport, arrived with his family from Orlando, Florida on an Emirates EK220 flight.
A billionth passenger, Arjun, his brother, Varun, as well as his parents, Ramea, and Venkatesh were met by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the representative of Dubai Airports. It should be noted that the “jubilees” did not expect such a reception and were pleasantly surprised by the Arab hospitality already at the airport.
This is really amazing – 1 billion passengers passed through Dubai International Airport – this is the population of the United States and all European countries taken all together – an unimaginable amount for one airport! Sheikh Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum noted that this achievement is the result of the coordinated work of the air terminal team, and expressed special gratitude to all the staff of Dubai International Airport, each of whom made own contribution to the common result. During its nearly sixty-year history, the airport has come a long way from a tiny passenger terminal, which had one runway with a length of 1,800 meters, three aircraft sites and could only take small ships to one of the largest airports in the world.
Modern international airport DXB is considered to be a leader in the field of air travel due to the smooth work of the airport team, excellent infrastructure, and ever-growing passenger traffic and cargo volumes. On average, the airport serves over 7.5 million passengers per month (passenger and cargo transportation). It should be noted that growth occurs with a noticeable acceleration. Thus, it took almost 50 years to transport 500 million passengers, and the next 500 million were served for seven years. Only in the last decade, about 12 billion dollars have been invested here, seven major new facilities have been opened (fully re-equipped and expanded Terminal 2, Terminal 3, Halls A, B, and D.