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According to the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific, passenger traffic across the Middle East delivered strong growth in December 2016, up 9.4 percent year-on-year.

Dubai International welcomed 9.3 percent more passengers than in December 2015, while Doha's Hamad International Airport (HIA) continued to generate the highest growth in the region with a 15 percent surge in passenger traffic.

In terms of air freight, the growth trajectory continued during the month under review and increased 10.4 percent. Overall, in 2016, the region recorded a 5.8 percent rise in this segment.

Major air freight hubs continued to report significant gains in December 2016, especially HIA and Dubai International, with a boost of 22.6 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively.