Have Gatwick Airport flights boosted Dubai passengers?

Have Gatwick Airport flights boosted Dubai passengers?Gatwick Airport is likely to have been one of many of the UK's travel hubs that have helped to boost passenger numbers to Dubai.

Last month, passenger levels increased by 8.8 per cent year on year at Dubai International, Dubai Airports revealed.

Indeed, just under four million people arrived at the travel hub, a 325,000 rise from the same month last year.

Western Europe travellers had advanced by 3.4 per cent, which is likely to include those who flew with Emirates from Gatwick Airport.

"Passenger volumes are on course to top 51 million by year end, which should put us hot on the trail of Hong Kong International as the world's third busiest airport for international passenger traffic," asserted chief executive officer of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths.

While Dubai may be famous for its affordable shopping and luxurious hotels, marketing manager at the Flight Centre David Forder recently said the emirate wants to be known as more than just a one-night city.

Its warm beaches and new entertainment franchises like the Cirque du Soleil are part of plans to entice people to make a full holiday of Dubai, he added.

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