Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates announced Monday that the facility served over 78 million passengers in 2015, securing its spot as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.
According to GulfNews.com, Dubai International Airport saw a total of 78,014,838 passengers pass through the facility last year, a 10.7 percent increase over the 2014 numbers. The No. 2 airport for international passengers—London’s Heathrow—only totaled 69.8 million customers in 2015.
I just checked out the ONE pic over in the Paulick Report and, to my 50 years of inexperienced eye, he looks race ready: fit and alert, maybe a touch dehydrated and flight weary, understandably…tho the rest of us always look like a million bucks after an all day/night flight, ‘specially when we are so fit we can’t stand still, and are used to working off a given amount of energy on a routine basis per 24 hour span ; )..The pic also looks to have been taken by a cellphone (and possilbly the pic-taker was sitting down, down hill or very short…), typical cell pic distortion.
One of the main reasons for the increase in numbers at Dubai’s airport was the success in the Indian market. Last year, 10,391,376 passengers traveled to and from India, up 17 percent from 2014. The United Kingdom was also a market that thrived in 2015, with 5,682,307 passengers traveling between the countries, a six percent increase.
In 2015, Dubai International Airport exceeded seven million passengers served in a single month on two separate occasions, which helped the average monthly passenger traffic numbers hit a record high of 6.5 million. The airport also saw an increase in cargo traffic in 2015, with the facility handling 2,506,092 metric tons of air freight last year, a 3.4 percent increase from 2014.
Another reason for the increased success was a series of new international routes to Toronto, Canada; Cologne, Germany; and Wuhan, China. “He went really good this morning,” said Art Sherman, who will remain in California to continue training his local stock for the time being. “It’s going to be a long trip—almost 24 hours—so he’s getting a lot of electrolytes, and he’ll be traveling with a vet, Chuck Jenkins.”
While in Dubai, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made will have one local prep race before trying the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) for the second straight year. In last year’s World Cup, he came in second behind Prince Bishop. This year’s event is slated for March 26 at Meydan.
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In his 5-year-old debut—and first race since last year’s World Cup—California Chrome took the San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) with relative ease Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park.