Dubai extended its lead over its regional competitors in 2007 by adding over five and a half million passengers to its throughput. This took it to over 34 million, more than twice as many as any other airport in the Middle East.
|Source: Airport websites, ATI, anna.aero estimates for Amman, Doha and Saudi Arabia|
Most major airports in the region reported double-digit growth, while Sharjah (+41%), Abu Dhabi (+31%) and Sharm El-Sheikh (+27%) were the fastest growing in percentage terms. In volume terms Dubai (+5.5 million) grew three times faster than any other airport, with Cairo (+1.7 million) the next best. Egypt’s airports all performed well with Hurghada joining Cairo and Sharm El-Sheikh in reporting above average growth.
Morocco’s airports report 16% growth in 2007
Having decided to implement an ‘open-skies’ agreement with the EU, Moroccan airports witnessed the benefits in 2007. Growth in international passengers increased almost 20%, while domestic traffic was also up.
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Passenger numbers at the two main airports of Casablanca and Marrakech increased 15%. These two airports account for almost three-quarters of all Moroccan airport traffic. In the first four months of 2008 traffic at Morocco’s airports was up a more modest 9.3%.