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High volumes and steady growth continued at Dubai International in April with more than 6.5 million passengers passing through the airport, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.Passenger numbers rose 5.7 per cent to 6,510,653 up from 6,159,634 in April 2014.This is the third time in the first four months that monthly traffic at the hub has surpassed the 6.5 million mark.During the first four months of 2014, Dubai International welcomed 26,116,980 passengers, compared to 24,521,454 passengers during the same period last year, an increase of 6.5 per cent.
Eastern Europe achieved the highest growth rate during April with routes to the region registering a surge of 74.6 per cent, driven mainly by flydubai’s new services to Slovakia, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Croatia, and Emirates service to Hungary and Transavia airline to Bulgaria.Other regions that registered high growth rates include North America (17.9 per cent) – where Emirates has increased capacity on many destinations and launched a new route to Chicago – and the Indian subcontinent (12.6 per cent).Political and economic instability continued to affect traffic on Russian and the CIS routes (-27.6 per cent).Total aircraft movements reached 33,279 in April 2014, climbing 6.5 per cent from 31,234 movements recorded in April last year.In the first four months of the year, total aircraft movements rose six per cent to 133,493 movements from 125,928 recorded in the same period in 2014.