DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Dubai International Airport is set to overtake London Heathrow as the world's busiest airport with some 70 million passengers passing through the airport in 2014.
The airport's operator, Dubai Airports, reported 63,977,063 passengers traveled through the airport in the first 11 months of 2014, up 5.9 percent compared to 2013. Passenger traffic for November alone was 5,565,509, up 4.3 percent from the previous year.
"Given the traffic achieved in the first 11 months, together with some of the busiest days on record in December, we are confident of ending the year above the 70 million mark and confirming our position as the world's busiest international airport," said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
London Heathrow is expected to fall just shy of that mark. Data from the Airports Council International said Heathrow had 67.8 million in passenger traffic as of Dec. 22, compared to Dubai International's 68.9 million in the same period.
"Looking forward to 2015, the prospects remain exceedingly bright and we expect to maintain the strong growth achieved this year in the next 12 months. Therefore Dubai Airports continues to invest in world-class facilities to meet this demand, including the opening of the new Concourse D in the first half of next year," Griffiths said.
Dubai International Airport is expected to expand in the first half of 2015, opening Concourse D.