In February 2018, Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths informed Reuters that double-digit passenger growth could resume already this year, with the help of closer ties between Emirates and airplane Dubai.
Dubai Airport has been the world's busiest for international travelers since 2014, when it took the title of London's Heathrow, where passenger traffic rose 2.7 percent to a total of 80 million passengers in 2018.
In December, Dubai passenger traffic fell by 1 , 7 percent to 7.7 million passengers.
Dubai Airport has previously said it believes it can take over Atlantic and Beijing airports to become the world's busiest anywhere by 2021
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest, handled 98.6 million passengers in the first 11 months of 2018. It has yet to release annual figures.