"Dubai Airports" expects a rebound in air traffic during the second half of 2021

10.6 million passengers through "Dubai International" during the first half

  • Dubai International currently serves 68% of global destinations spread over 94% of the world's countries.

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  • Paul Griffiths: "We are starting to see international traffic, which we expect will be directly reflected in the emirate's plans for economic and social recovery."

  • Positive results come with the start of work on easing travel restrictions for those coming to Dubai.



Dubai International Airport announced the achievement of advanced results in the number of international passengers through the airport, with their number reaching 10.6 million passengers in the first six months of 2021, amid positive expectations that Dubai International will witness strong growth in the second half of this year.

A statement issued yesterday stated that these positive results come with the start of work on easing travel restrictions for people coming to Dubai from some African and Asian countries, and in the context of the emirate's success in managing the "Corona" pandemic, and its leadership of the tourism recovery movement in the world.

According to the latest figures issued by the Airports Council International (ACI), "Dubai International" remains the world's busiest airport for international travelers, after retaining the title for the seventh consecutive year for annual traffic in 2020, and Dubai International Airport significantly ahead of international airports. And the other regional, with its success in achieving double the passenger traffic, as the busiest airport in the Middle East.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “With the reopening of Terminal 1 and Concourse D, and the main terminal for 60 international airlines, we started in the second half of the year with very positive numbers, to accommodate the seasonal activity of travelers during the summer holidays. ».

He added that the initial numbers prompted the continuous expansion of the networks of the two main carriers in the emirate: Emirates Airlines and Fly Dubai, whose joint network extends to 168 destinations around the world.

And Griffiths continued: “Last July, we witnessed one of the busiest weekends of the year, and with some major global events scheduled to take place in the Emirate of Dubai in the coming months, such as (Expo 2020 Dubai) and (Dubai Airshow 2021), the The outlook for 2021, in terms of passenger numbers, looks very promising.”

He explained that with the recent decision of the United Kingdom to transfer the Emirates to the “yellow list”, and to lift travel restrictions in the emirate according to the announced conditions for passengers coming from four countries on the Indian subcontinent, in addition to Nigeria and Uganda, we have started to see international traffic at Dubai airports, we expect that It is directly reflected in enabling the emirate's plans for economic and social recovery, stressing that the campaign to safely ease restrictions on global air travel will continue, along with the UAE's world-leading vaccination program, and the successful management of the global epidemic.

Important facts

According to Dubai Airports, the number of passengers at Dubai International Airport in the second quarter of this year reached 4.9 million, while the numbers continued to rise to 10.6 million during the first half of the same year.

Despite a decrease of 40.9%, Dubai International Airport currently serves 68% of global destinations spread over 94% of countries around the world, and operates nearly 70% of its airlines.

Dubai International Airport recorded 99,392 flights during the first half of this year, an annual increase of 0.9%, due to the base drop resulting from the impact of the partial suspension of operations from March 25 to July 7, 2020.

Top Destinations

India continued to occupy the first place at Dubai International Airport, in terms of the number of traffic in the first half of this year, with the number of passengers exceeding 1.9 million.

Pakistan ranked second with 700,000 and 74 passengers, followed by Russia with 406,209 passengers, and Egypt with 401,361 passengers.

The number of travelers from the United States, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia also increased.

The top three cities in terms of traffic are: Addis Ababa, which recorded 354,804 passengers, followed by Cairo (345,886 passengers), and Moscow (344,175 passengers).

freight sector

The cargo sector continued to outperform the passenger sector in the speed of recovery, with cargo volumes approaching 2019 levels, as Dubai International Airport recorded 571,568 tons of cargo in the second quarter of this year, which pushed the volumes of the first half of the year to 1.1 million tons. with an annual increase of 27.7%.

• Dubai International is the world's busiest for international travelers, according to the Airports Council International.

• 99,392 flights around the world, during the first half of this year, with an annual increase of 0.9%.

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