It continued its global lead as the busiest international airport for the eighth year in a row

Dubai International exceeds expectations and receives 29.1 million passengers in 2021

  • The qualitative steps of Dubai and the aviation sector accelerated the pace of recovery.

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  • Paul Griffiths: "We have overcome obstacles by keeping pace with changes with flexibility and high speed."


Dubai International Airport has maintained the first place in the top of the busiest international airports around the world for the eighth year in a row, as it received 29.1 million passengers during 2021, with annual passenger traffic exceeding the initial expectations for the number of passengers through Dubai International Airport in 2021, with a relative increase of half a million Passenger as a result of the increase in air traffic during the last quarter of the year.

2021 statistics

And Dubai Airports said, in a statement, that Dubai International Airport received, during the past year, 29 million and 110 thousand and 609 passengers, with an annual growth rate of 12.7%.

The numbers indicate a strong growth during the last three months of the same year, during which the airport recorded 11,794,046 passengers, an increase of 77% over the third quarter. The last quarter thus constitutes the busiest period since the first quarter of 2020, and the first time since The beginning of the “Covid-19” pandemic, in which the quarterly passenger traffic at the airport exceeded the 10 million passenger mark, while December 2021 was the busiest month of the year, with a total of 4.5 million passengers.

International Destinations

During 2021, India retained its position as the number one destination for Dubai International in terms of passenger volume, with a total of 4.2 million passengers, followed by Pakistan with 1.8 million passengers, Saudi Arabia with 1.5 million passengers, and the United Kingdom with 1.2 million passengers.

Destinations also included many countries, including the United States with a total of 1.1 million passengers, Egypt with a million passengers, and Turkey with 945,000 passengers.

Prominent cities

As for the most prominent destinations from the cities during 2021, the Turkish city of Istanbul came first with 916,000 passengers, then the Egyptian city of Cairo with 905,000 passengers, followed by the British capital London with 814 thousand passengers, and the Indian city of New Delhi with 791,000 passengers.

"Dubai Airports" pointed out that Dubai International Airport connects to more than 198 global destinations at the level of 93 countries through 84 international airlines, exceeding the number of destinations in 2019 before the "pandemic".


According to statistics, the number of flights at Dubai International Airport during the last quarter of last year reached 77,671 flights, bringing the annual number of flights to 233,375 flights, an annual increase of 28.1%, while the average number of passengers per flight was 154 passengers. , recording an annual decrease of 18.9%.

Advance recovery

For his part, CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, referred to the major events witnessed in 2021, which contributed to achieving a large number of important achievements in light of the exceptional circumstances imposed by the global pandemic.

He said: "The qualitative steps taken by Dubai and the aviation sector contributed to advancing and accelerating the recovery, including hosting the largest and largest edition of the Dubai Airshow, to constitute the first global event and major air exhibition held since the beginning of the global pandemic, as well as the return of operational capacity at the airport. Dubai International at 100%, with the reopening of Concourse (D) and Concourse (A) in Terminal No. (1).” He indicated the opening of one of the largest airport laboratories in the world to conduct nasal swab tests to detect cases of infection with the “Covid-19” virus. » For all visitors coming to Dubai with ease, in addition to the addition of new airlines that will link Dubai to several destinations in preparation for receiving millions of tourists around the world, and welcoming them to visit Expo 2020 Dubai.

exceed expectations

Commenting on the exceptional performance of Dubai International, Griffiths said: "Despite the challenges and difficulties faced by millions of individuals around the world, we were able to overcome obstacles by keeping pace with changes with flexibility and high speed, in order to provide a safe and comfortable travel experience for travelers through the airport." .

He added: “These amazing results were achieved thanks to the efforts made by all employees and partners, and their ability to face sudden changes in travel regulations, global concerns about the high number of infections, and the emergence of new mutations from the virus, so we succeeded in exceeding expectations, and maintaining our position as the most international airport. congestion in the world.

And Griffiths continued: “With the return of activity in major markets, such as Australia, and the gradual easing of travel restrictions around the world, there are promising expectations for 2022 in light of our continuous efforts towards leading the path of the aviation and air travel sector, and enhancing its contributions in the recovery phase.”

Powerful charging performance

Air freight witnessed a strong performance throughout 2021, recording 614,834 tons of cargo in the last quarter, raising the annual freight volume in 2021 by 20%, bringing the total to 2,319,185 tons.

Passenger Traffic Forecast

Preliminary forecasts indicate that annual passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport will reach 55.1 million passengers by the end of 2022.

CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, said that it is possible to make a qualitative leap and significantly exceed this number, if the positive factors we are currently witnessing continue.

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