Aerial view of Dubai’s international airport, home to the national carrier Emirates airways.
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Dubai International Airport, previously the world's sixth-busiest hub, narrowed the gap to the top two of Atlanta and Beijing last year after piling on 11 percent more passengers, spurred by the expansion of local carrier Emirates and its mammoth fleet of wide-body jets.The Gulf hub passed former world No. 3 London Heathrow by total passengers, with the U.K. airport able to lift numbers by only 1.6 million to 75 million, crimped by a lack of operating slots on its two crowded runways.
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