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Dubai International Airport (DXB) has retained its crown being the world's busiest international airport terms passenger numbers. 2014, it overtook London's Heathrow airport, which had been number one more than a decade. DXB handled a record 78 million travellers 2015. This is an average one passenger flying in or every 2.5 seconds. Heathrow handled 75 million passengers but did have more daily flights than DXB. January 2015, there were over 8,000 weekly flights from DXB, operated 140 airlines to 270 destinations on six continents. Dubai's other airport, Al Maktoum International, has a projected annual capacity up to 250 million passengers.

DXB is a vital part Dubai's economy. Wikipedia says it employs, "approximately 90,000 people, indirectly supports 400,000 jobs and contributes over $26.7 billion the economy, which represents 27 per cent Dubai's GDP and 21 per cent the employment in Dubai". The CEO DXB, Paul Griffiths, said in a statement: "It's another banner year Dubai International where we broke records, engaged and entertained our customers new ways, and retained our position as the world's number one international hub." DXB will soon see another landmark when March, the airline Emirates launches the world's longest non-stop flight, connecting Dubai Auckland.

 
 

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