Dubai airport crosses billion passenger mark

-A Monitor Report 01 Jan, 2019 | 319 Views|-+
Dhaka : Dubai International Airport received its billionth passenger on December 20, just over 58 years since its opening.

The airport's billionth passenger, nine-year-old Arjun, was treated to a celebration along with his family at the airport.

The boy, along with his parents and brother, arrived on December 20 from Orlando, Florida on Emirates flight EK220.

Dubai's ruler and UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum lauded the achievement on Twitter.

Dubai International first opened on September 30, 1960 with a tiny terminal building and a runway of compacted sand. Currently, it is the world's busiest for international passenger traffic and handles an average of 7.5 million customers every month.

The airport reached 500 million passengers on December 31, 2011 and over the past 11 years, has opened seven major facilities with an investment of almost $12bn. Five of those have been at DXB including Terminal 3, Concourses A, B, D and the complete refurbishment and expansion of Terminal 2.

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