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Dubai Airports speeds up aircraft boarding
February 07, 2017
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DUBAI: Dubai Airports continues to use technology to improve services and boost capacity as part of its ‘DXB Plus’ programme designed to elevate capacity at Dubai International, DXB, to 118 million by 2023.

The latest innovation takes the form of an Intelligent Traffic System, ITS, which optimises the coordination of buses used to shuttle passengers from Terminal 2 departure gates to the aircraft. “It is another world first for DXB.

“It is the first time this technology has been implemented and used in this manner,” said Bryan Thompson, Senior Vice President - Development at Dubai Airports. “The system is fail-safe, and provides a fully automated solution to coordinate bus scheduling which in turn reduces wait times for departing passengers.”

The new system improves efficiency by ensuring buses are fully utilised, increasing the average number of passengers per bus trip from 40 to over 60.

It reduces the number of bus trips by 20 per cent which in turn limits fuel burn and emissions.

It also alleviates congestion during peak operations.

“DXB Plus initiatives are in line with smart government and proof that technology can be applied to many parts of our business to improve the passenger experience, boost efficiency and help us augment capacity,” said Thompson.

Meanwhile, Dubai International cemented its title as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers in 2016, with a 7.2 percent increase in traveler numbers to 83.6 million, its operator last month.

Dubai Airports said “near record numbers” in December had pushed annual traffic at the Gulf hub to 83,654,250 passengers, compared with 78,014,838 in 2015.

The airport, which serves as the home of Emirates airline, became the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic in 2014.

“With our new forecast for 89 million passengers in 2017, DXB is closing the gap on Atlanta and Beijing for the top spot in overall traffic,” Dubai Airports chief executive Paul Griffiths in a statement.WAM

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