The number of air carriers in “Dubai International” exceeded the levels before “Covid-19”

“Dubai Airports”: Summer bookings herald a strong and exceptional season

  • International travel continues to recover with the relaxation of travel procedures and protocols. AFP

  • Jamal Al Hai: "(Dubai Airports) raised its expectations for the number of passengers from 52 million to 58.3 million at the end of 2022."

  • The momentum of tourism and travel and the rise in reservations contributed to the increase in the expected numbers of travelers during the current year.

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Dubai Airports Corporation, that the momentum of tourism and travel and the rise in reservations contributed to the expected increase in the number of travelers through Dubai International Airport during the current year, pointing out that summer bookings herald a strong and exceptional season since the beginning of the "Covid-19" pandemic.

She added that the number of airlines operating at the airport exceeded pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by more than 12%, reaching 73 air carriers.

She stated that the strong indicators of air traffic through Dubai International during the first quarter prompted the Corporation to increase its expectations for the number of passengers from about 52 million passengers to 58.3 million passengers by the end of 2022.

Airlines

In detail, the Executive Vice President of Dubai Airports, Jamal Al-Hay, revealed that the number of airlines operating at Dubai International Airport exceeded pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by more than 12%, reaching 73 air carriers operating flights to 193 destinations around the world, compared to With 65 carriers operating from the airport before the “Covid-19” pandemic.

Travelers Expectations

In statements on the sidelines of the Airport Show 2022, which concluded yesterday, Al Hai added that the strong indicators of air traffic through Dubai International Airport during the first quarter of this year, which amounted to 13.6 million passengers, including about 5.5 million passengers in March alone, pushed The corporation has increased its expectations for the number of passengers at the end of this year from about 52 million to 58.3 million.

strong season

He stressed that the momentum of tourism and travel and the rise in bookings, especially on national carriers, contributed to the expected increase in the number of travelers this year, pointing out that summer bookings herald a strong and exceptional season since the beginning of the pandemic.

He pointed out that the strong indicators of movement will contribute to Dubai International Airport maintaining its global lead in the number of international passengers in 2022.

proactive steps

Al Hai referred to the qualitative and proactive measures and steps taken by Dubai and contributed to accelerating the pace of recovery during the pandemic period, noting that Dubai International Airport is currently operating at 100% operational capacity.

He said that if these indicators continue in air transport, which continued to achieve strong growth rates, it is expected that travel through "Dubai International" will reach levels before the "Covid-19" pandemic, during the years 2023 and 2024.

international markets

Al Hai revealed that the most prominent international markets for travel at Dubai International Airport are the Indian market, the Arab Gulf markets, Britain, Germany, America, and others, noting that international travel continues to recover with the easing of travel procedures and protocols across many international markets.

freight movement

Al Hai stated that, in addition to the noticeable increase in air transport, there is a great demand for air freight, especially with the rise in sea freight prices and the obstacles caused by the pandemic to marine supply chains at the global level, so there is a growing trend by companies towards air freight, on the Despite its relatively high prices compared to sea freight.

He pointed out that "Dubai Airports" provides a range of services that cover the entire freight sector, including medicines, foodstuffs, valuables, and fresh products.

private flight

Al Hai confirmed that there is a significant and exceptional growth in private and business aviation traffic in Dubai, explaining that it recorded an increase of about 350% during the past months compared to the levels of 2020.

He explained that this significant increase was achieved in light of a large number of events and conferences, in addition to the recovery of tourism and business.

He added that private air traffic is still recording strong levels with high demand from various markets, noting that Dubai is a prominent global destination for tourism and business.

Al Hai indicated that "Dubai Airports" is one of the first international airports that realized the importance of investing early in digital technology and the solutions it provides, to keep pace with the growth in the number of passengers, in addition to facilitating travel movement and enhancing the passenger experience.

Emirates Airlines and flydubai

Executive Vice President of Dubai Airports, Jamal Al Hai, said that Emirates Airlines and flydubai account for the bulk of travel traffic through Dubai International Airport, with the two carriers continuing to resume their flights to more stations around the world and operate flights to destinations New, explaining that the two carriers together regained about 80% of their operating capacity in terms of seat capacity on flights, compared to pre-pandemic levels, which contributed to the acceleration of the recovery pace at the airport.

North runway development

Executive Vice President of Dubai Airports, Jamal Al Hai, said that the maintenance project for the northern runway at Dubai International Airport is proceeding according to the planned schedule, as all measures have been taken to ensure the smooth movement of travel and provide the highest levels of service to travelers.

He added that the 45-day maintenance process of the northern runway comes within the framework of the efforts of Dubai Airports, and its continuous commitment to enhancing the security and safety of passengers, and providing an exceptional travel experience, in line with its efforts to raise the capacity at Dubai International Airport, noting that some flights have been diverted. flights to Al Maktoum International Airport during this period.

He stated that there are many incentives for airlines that have transferred their flights to Al Maktoum Airport, noting that some air carriers prefer to operate from Al Maktoum International Airport even after the end of maintenance operations on the runway. 

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