Shipping is achieving strong growth, with an annual increase of 3.2%.

Dubai International records a gradual recovery, ending the first quarter with 5.75 million passengers

  • Dubai International served 63% of destinations in 89% of countries during the first quarter.


  • Paul Griffiths: “(Dubai International) continues to play its role in enabling mobility and contributing to social and economic recovery.”


Dubai International Airport ended the first quarter of 2021 positively, registering a gradual and steady recovery in both passenger numbers and cargo volumes, as the airport served 63% of destinations in 89% of countries, on 74% of airlines, compared to what it was before the outbreak The emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Passenger numbers

Dubai Airports Corporation stated in a statement yesterday, that the number of passengers exceeded two million passengers in March 2021, bringing the total number of passengers who were served during the first quarter of this year to 5.75 million.

The statement indicated a decrease of 67.8% compared to the first quarter of 2020, which was largely unaffected by the suspension of operations related to the epidemic, by airlines and airports around the world, at the end of March.

Shipping and aviation

The statement pointed out that the airport freight showed greater flexibility compared to the passenger segment throughout the period of the epidemic, as it continued its strong recovery, indicating that Dubai International Airport dealt with a total of 550 thousand and 811 tons of air freight during the first three months of 2021, an annual increase of 3.2 %.

In turn, the total aircraft movement recorded, during the first quarter of this year, 50 thousand and 176 air movements, a decrease of 38.3%, compared to last year, which reflects the impact of the epidemic on the operations of airlines.

Top destinations

According to "Dubai Airports", India, which is a strong market for the UAE, has retained its position as the highest international destination for dealing with Dubai International Airport according to the number of passengers. During the first quarter, the number of passengers reached 1 million 348 thousand and 448 passengers, primarily due to this. The increase in the number of travelers to the cities of New Delhi and Mumbai.

Pakistan came second, with 454,294 passengers, followed by Bangladesh, which registered 221,27 passengers, and Russia with 196,890 passengers.

In terms of cities, New Delhi, India, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, were the first three cities in terms of the number of travelers. .

Encouraging numbers

The CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, said that while the traffic numbers for the first quarter of this year are lower than the monthly numbers that we dealt with before March 2020, they are very encouraging in the context of the current global situation.

He added, "As an important hub, Dubai International Airport will continue to play its role in enabling mobility and communication, and contributing to the social and economic recovery, which is much needed worldwide."

He pointed out that «Dubai Airports» works closely with its partners in the field of aviation and trade, government authorities and airport employees, as part of its efforts to achieve a full recovery, while enhancing customer confidence by providing a safe airport environment.

The number of passengers at Dubai Airport crossed the two million mark in March 2021.

Follow our latest local and sports news, and the latest political and economic developments via Google news