The chief executive officer of Dubai International Airport asserts that the loosening of pandemic restrictions contributed to an increase in passenger volume during the first half of 2022.
Dubai is the primary economic hub of the United Arab Emirates. According to the CEO of Dubai International Airport, passenger numbers increased once pandemic limitations were lifted in the first half of 2022. This was reported by the airport. It is anticipated that the 2022 FIFA World Cup would lead to an increase in passenger volume at Qatar’s airports.
According to Paul Griffiths, the administrator of the world’s busiest airport, the number of passengers at the airport has climbed by 160% over the course of the past six months.
In spite of the fact that Dubai’s main supply market, China, is prohibited from entering the nation due to stringent pandemic restrictions, the airport has seen over 28 million passengers in the last six months, which is around 70% of the levels experienced before the pandemic. By the end of 2019, Griffiths anticipates that airport traffic will have returned to the levels seen before the pandemic.
Griffiths was overcome with emotion as he conveyed his gratitude to the recent flood of clients.
During the first ever World Cup to be held in the Middle East, Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai World Central would be inundated with soccer enthusiasts from all over the world (DWC). The next stage is to catch a flight to Qatar, a close country with a limited number of hotel options.
He named low-cost carriers such as Qatar Airways, FlyDubai, and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi as examples of companies who booked additional flight slots in order to transport soccer fans to DWC for the competition.
Because Dubai is such an important hub for travel between East and West, the amount of air traffic that passes through the emirate is closely watched as a leading economic indicator for the non-oil sector of Dubai’s economy. Dubai Inc., a government-owned conglomerate, continues to rely heavily on Emirates as its primary airline.
The number of flights departing from Dubai International Airport surged by around 56% when compared to the same time period in 2021, which was when highly dangerous coronavirus strains wreaked havoc on the industry.
A encouraging indicator for the industry as a whole, Emirates announced on Wednesday that it will invest billions of dollars to modernize a major percentage of its Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 planes. During the worst of the outbreak, the government provided the airline with a bailout in the amount of $4 billion.
As a result of the sudden spike in airline traffic induced by the worldwide easing of virus restrictions, airports all around the world are in a state of disarray, including Dubai’s hub, which is currently operating at full capacity.
Griffiths believes that Dubai’s primary airport has suffered the consequences of worldwide disruptions despite not suffering from the uncontrolled crowds that have recently overwhelmed European terminals.
After Heathrow Airport denied Emirates’ request from the previous month to reduce the number of departing passengers and flights to its London hub, the airline was forced to cancel a couple of its departures. Emirates has made the decision to restrict the sale of tickets in order to temporarily reduce their pricing.
Since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, wealthy Russians have fled to Dubai’s beachfront villas and five-star hotels in an effort to conceal their wealth from a dragnet that is rapidly increasing. It is one of the few airports in the Moscow area from which passengers can escape the city.
When asked about recent reports that Russian money was leaving the country via Dubai, Griffiths did not respond to the question.
As a consequence of this, we believe that Russia will continue to be a significant source of revenue for the foreseeable future.