OAG: added 1.23 million seats in May 2023 compared to the same month in 2019

Dubai International is the fastest growing in the list of the world's 20 largest airports

Carriers operating at the airport added 225,2023 scheduled seats on their flights in May <> compared to April. Archival

OAG International, the provider of airport and airline data, confirmed that Dubai International Airport, which occupies the first place as the largest air transport hub in the world in terms of scheduled seat capacity on international departing flights, is the fastest growing in the list of the top 20 airports in the world, noting that the airport recorded the highest growth in terms of capacity by 39.2%, during May this year, compared to the same month in 2019, i.e. before the Covid-19 pandemic.


Data from the corporation, a copy of which was obtained by Emirates Today, showed that air carriers operating at Dubai Airport added more than 225,2023 scheduled seats on their flights during May 1, compared to last April, and about 23.2019 million seats on an annual basis in May, compared to the same month of <>, i.e. pre-pandemic levels.

She explained that the total scheduled seat capacity of air carriers operating at Dubai International Airport reached about 4.7 million seats in May, compared to 4.48 million seats in April.

Powerful Performance

Dubai Airport continued its strong performance, ranking second in the world in total seat capacity on both "international and domestic" flights, after Hartsfield Atlanta Airport, which recorded 5.2 million scheduled seats in May.

By the end of the first quarter of this year, air carriers at Dubai Airport provided flights to more than 234 destinations through 89 international airlines across 99 countries, and more international air carriers continued to resume operations through Dubai International Airport, at a time when data issued by Emirates Airline and Flydubai showed a continuous increase in the number of passenger destinations within the two carriers' network, with the resumption of flights to more international destinations in six continents of the world, as well as Adding new destinations to their global networks since the pandemic began.


Dubai International Airport received 21,256,489 passengers during the first quarter of this year, an increase of 55.8%, compared to the same quarter last year, approaching the indicators of travel achieved in the same period of 2019 by 95.6%, and this is the first time that the airport has achieved this level of performance since the fourth quarter of 2019, when the average monthly passenger traffic reached seven million passengers.

Based on these indicators, OAG said it raised its forecast for passenger traffic for 2023 as a whole to 83.6 million passengers, after the airport's strong performance in the first quarter of this year.

Emirates cancels Khartoum flights until August 31

Emirates Airlines reported that due to the deteriorating situation due to the unrest in Sudan, all flights of the airline (EK733/EK734) to and from Khartoum from April 15 to August 31 were cancelled.

The company said in a statement that passengers traveling to Sudan on connecting flights with Emirates Airlines and Flydubai will not be able to travel from the point of departure until further notice.

Customers affected by this decision who have booked with travel agents should contact them for alternative travel arrangements, or request a refund, she said. Customers who have booked directly with Emirates can submit their requests by completing a refund form or contacting their local office for alternative rebooking options.

The airline confirmed that it is closely monitoring the situation and developments in Khartoum regarding the operation of «Emirates Airlines», and that developments are announced in due course.

The airport recorded the highest growth in terms of capacity at 39.2% in May.