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Airports in Arab World post 8% rise in international passengers

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DUBAI: Arab Air Carriers Organisation has estimated that international passenger numbers to, from, and within the Arab world to have grown by 8% in November 2016 compared to November 2015, which follows a decrease of (4.5%) in October 2016 compared to October 2015.

In November 2016, capacity deployed by airlines to, from, & within the Arab world increased 8.6% year-on-year. The total available seats to, from, & within the Arab world was distributed as follows: 27.2% with Europe, 20.4% with Mid Asia, 10.2% with Australasia, 3.1% with the Americas, 4.4% with Sub Saharan Africa and 34.7% within the Arab world (including international and domestic).

Looking at the top 20 airports by international seats offered on operations to, from, and within the Arab world in November 2016, Dubai International Airport ranked number one with 9,740,681 seats, followed by Hamad International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport with 4,241,783 and 2,570,472 seats respectively. It is worth mentioning that Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Heathrow Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport, and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai) were among the top 20.

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