UAE airport traffic on the up

Despite the conflict in Iraq and the SARS epidemic in the first half of the year, the emirates of Dubai and Fujairah are showing healthy signs.

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By  John Irish Published  July 17, 2003

Passenger traffic to UAE airports saw a sharp rise in the first half of the year after statistics released by Fujairah and Dubai showed substantial growth despite war in Iraq and the recent SARS epidemic.

With the launch of a comprehensive tourism campaign last April, Fujairah seems to be consolidating its position as a charter destination to the Emirates.

The little emirate on the UAE’s east coast saw passenger arrivals soar to 50,1830 in the first half of the year, a 94% rise compared with the same period last year.

Not to be outdone, airport heavyweight Dubai also recorded a positive growth in spite of the uncertain regional geopolitical situation.

According to figures released by the Department of Civil Aviation, passenger numbers showed a 9.1% growth, registering over 8.1 million arrivals compared with the 7.5 million in 2002.

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