Dubai airport in the United Arab Emirates was 2017’s world’s busiest for international passengers, four years running, with 88.2 million travelers, the UAE’s state news agency WAM said February 5.
International traffic at the UAE airport increased by 4.6 million passengers compared to the previous year, WAM said, despite a laptop ban temporarily imposed on its long-haul flights to the United States.
Dubai is one of several Gulf-based airports to have experienced prodigious growth in recent years, also regarded as a major transit hub situated on transcontinental air routes.
Dubai airport, the base for UAE carrier Emirates, surpassed London’s Heathrow airport in terms of international passengers in 2014 and has maintained its lead since.
The United States in March last year imposed a ban on laptops and tablet computers inside the cabin on inbound flights from several Middle Eastern and North African countries including the United Arab Emirates.
But Emirates airline in July announced it had won an exemption from the ban for flights from its Dubai hub after implementing new security measures. AFP