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Mixed June Results for Middle Eastern Airports

Airport Council International Asia-Pacific has revealed that in June, passenger traffic across Middle Eastern gateways soared 3.3 percent year-on-year.

While geopolitical events affected travel to Qatar with consequent 14.6 percent year-on-year decline in traveller numbers at Hamad International Airport, hubs in Kuwait and Muscat continued to grow at a fast pace in June, up 19.3 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively.

Dubai International reported a moderate 3.9 percent increase in passenger figures, attributed to Ramadan, a traditionally slow period.

From January to June, passenger traffic in the region grew 7.2 percent over the same period in 2016.

Meanwhile, the region saw 1.6 percent surge in freight traffic in June, completing the first half of this year with 6.6 percent year-on-year growth.