They affirmed that Dubai is leading the recovery and restores confidence in the global aviation sector

Officials: The second half of 2021 will witness significant growth in travel demand

  • Officials confirmed during the "Airport Show" the UAE’s adoption of unprecedented technologies to maintain the safe operation of aircraft and airports.

    Photography: Ahmed Arditi

  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UAE has contacted airports and airlines to maintain safety standards.

    Photography: Ahmed Arditi

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Officials in the aviation and airport sector stated that the second half of this year will witness a significant growth in demand for air travel, compared to 2019, as a result of the acceleration of vaccination processes, the opening of more safe routes between countries, as well as the accumulation of experience of airport operators in dealing with the pandemic. Pointing out that Dubai leads the recovery and restores confidence in the aviation sector worldwide.

During the Airport Show 2021, which concludes in Dubai today, with the participation of 95 international exhibitors, they said that the UAE has communicated immediately since the beginning of the pandemic with airports and airlines, and formed internal and national bodies to amend and approve safety certificates to maintain safety standards and support the aviation industry. , Stressing that Dubai is fully prepared and ready to receive visitors to the Expo 2020 Dubai during next October.

recovery

In detail, the Director General of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Saif Al-Suwaidi, said that the current indicators point positively to a significant growth in demand for air travel in the second half of this year, and a sustainable recovery in air operations.

Al Suwaidi added, during the session of the Global Airport Leaders Forum, which is being held on the sidelines of the "Airport Show 2021" in Dubai: "I am confident that we will continue our efforts together to make 2021 a transitional year to achieve sustainable recovery and growth."

Al-Suwaidi added: “Today, despite the pandemic, thanks to the launch of vaccination campaigns and the increase in the supply of vaccines worldwide, more passengers are expected to return to travel.” He expects that the number of passengers worldwide will recover by next month. 49%, compared to its level in 2019.

Safety standards

Al Suwaidi stressed that since the beginning of the epidemic, the UAE has immediately communicated with airports and airlines, and has formed many internal and national bodies to amend and approve safety certificates to maintain acceptable safety and security standards, and to support the aviation industry, its employees and passengers.

He stated that in terms of aviation safety and security, unprecedented facilities and technologies have been adopted to ensure continuity of services, to maintain the safe operation of aircraft, airports and air navigation infrastructure.

He stated that "since the start of the complete suspension of unnecessary operations in March 2020, we have started work and planning for the recovery phase during the height of the epidemic."

Recovered

For his part, the CEO of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Khalifa Al Zafin, said that Dubai is leading the recovery phase and restoring confidence in the aviation sector worldwide, pointing out that the second half of this year will witness an unprecedented increase in travel demand compared to 2019, as a result. Accelerate vaccination operations, open more safe routes between countries, accumulate experiences acquired by the authorities concerned with operating airports in dealing with the pandemic, and provide safe travel for travelers.

Al-Zafin added, in a press statement on the sidelines of the airport exhibition, that Dubai was one of the first cities that rushed to take decisive measures to enhance the confidence of travelers, and provide them with the best services by upgrading its procedures, and providing a professional model on how to deal with the repercussions of "Corona", in a message Positive to the world that the city, with all its institutions and service facilities, was adequately prepared to receive its visitors, in an atmosphere of security, safety, and the necessary precautionary precautions for "Covid-19", especially during the period of "Expo 2020 Dubai".

Safe travel

Al-Zafin stressed that the airports and airlines are fully prepared to provide a smooth and safe travel experience for travelers, which makes it imperative for the concerned international and local authorities to look at matters with a different vision, set standards of sustainability and innovation at the top of their priorities, respond to the challenges of the future, and work to open more safe passages between Countries and destinations.

Unique model

In addition, the Director-General of the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al-Marri, said that the UAE has provided a unique model to be emulated in various fields, so that it has become the first destination for living, residence and work, in addition to the list of competitive indicators, security and safety indicators.

Al-Marri added, during the World Airport Leaders Forum, that «Dubai Residence» has finally launched the seamless service of the 122 smart gates, spread in the departures and arrivals halls of Dubai airports, so that pre-registered passengers in the system can pass through them through an eye print with a face. Only, without the need to use a handprint or travel documents within a period of five to nine seconds, depending on the movement and steps of the traveler, and capturing facial data through systems according to the traveler's movement, indicating that this system contributed to enhancing the confidence of travelers in Dubai, as such These precautionary measures in light of the pandemic formed a safety umbrella for them.

Ready and ready

He stressed that “Dubai Residence” has been keen since the start of the pandemic to secure all its air, sea and land ports, to limit the spread of the virus, and has joined hands with the efforts of the UAE by taking all precautionary measures and preventive measures, as it has provided all the facilities and services necessary for the safety of employees and travelers at all Dubai international airports.

Al-Marri also affirmed that Dubai is fully prepared and ready to receive visitors to the Expo 2020 Dubai during next October, according to precautionary measures that guarantee their safety.

He said, "We at (Dubai Residence) are working to provide all facilities for issuing visas, and install residency vouchers for international participants and exhibitors in the exhibition, in addition to providing everything that contributes to the success of this event, in cooperation with all concerned parties."

Bold decision

The CEO of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Khalifa Al Zafin, said that the participation of 95 international companies in the airport show, which is the first aviation exhibition to be organized since the start of the pandemic, is a bold decision, and a global vote on Dubai's efforts, and it welcomes what it has accomplished so far on the road to recovery. Not only at the city level, but also at the global level.

• Dubai confirmed its readiness to receive visitors to "Expo 2020 Dubai" next October.

• Dubai has taken decisive measures to boost travelers' confidence.

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