Dubai claims title of world's busiest international airport

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US pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour as ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, where she will perform at the at Meydan Racecourse on September 10. AFP PHOTO/ KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
An Emirates Airline employee walks past the Moet and Chandon champagne bar inside terminal 3 at concourse A, the new A380 terminal at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Dedicated for use by Emirates Airline the terminal 3 complex includes an associated airside facility known as Concourse B and a purpose-built facility for Airbus A380 known as Concourse A. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Airline passengers sit and wait near gate 'A13' inside terminal 3 at concourse A, the new A380 terminal at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Dedicated for use by Emirates Airline the terminal 3 complex includes an associated airside facility known as Concourse B and a purpose-built facility for Airbus A380 known as Concourse A. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People stand alongside the Duty Free shopping area inside terminal 3 at concourse A, the new A380 terminal at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Dedicated for use by Emirates Airline the terminal 3 complex includes an associated airside facility known as Concourse B and a purpose-built facility for Airbus A380 known as Concourse A. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The city that boasts the world's tallest building is now home to the world's busiest airport for international passengers too.

Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of the Gulf commercial hub's main airport last year. That's a 6 percent increase over the 66.4 million Dubai International handled in 2013.

The rapid growth puts Dubai squarely ahead of London Heathrow for the first time as the world's busiest international air hub. Heathrow reported handled 68.1 million international passengers in 2014.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport remains the planet's busiest passenger airport overall.

But Dubai International is expanding fast, fueled in large part by the growth of hometown carrier Emirates. Yet another concourse is expected to open there later this year.


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