London Heathrow airport is known to be the busiest international airport for many decades. The world most popular Britain airport lost to Dubai airport in 2014 has it convey international passengers than any other in the world and makes Heathrow surrendered the title.
The UAE’s leading airport handled 70.5m international travellers last year, an increase of 6.1 per cent. Heathrow saw more passengers in total – 73.4m – but 5.3m were domestic travellers. The international component was 68.1m.
The Gulf airport’s chairman, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “This historic milestone is the culmination of over five decades of double-digit average growth.”
Dubai handled one-fifth fewer flights than Heathrow last year. But the average load on each plane landing or taking off from Dubai was 196, compared with just 145 on the typical flight to or from Heathrow. Dubai’s main airline, Emirates, has far more Airbus A380 “Superjumbo” jets than any other airline.
A spokesman for Heathrow said: “Britain has benefited from being home to the world’s largest port or airport for the last 350 years. But lack of capacity at Heathrow means we have inevitably lost our crown to Dubai. This highlights the pressing need to get on and expand our own hub so that we can connect the whole of the UK to global growth.”
Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has said a new runway should built at either Heathrow or Gatwick. It is currently taking evidence, and will recommend where the runway should be when it reports in the summer.