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DXB may take time to return to pre-pandemic figures

Business Dubai 13 May 21
DXB may take time to return to pre-pandemic figures
Dubai International airport is ‘down to 1.5m to 2m passengers a month,’ says Dubai Airports Chief.
Event Location
Dubai , Dubai
Start Time
13 May 2021, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 May 2021, 12:00 AM

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is seeing around 1.5 million to 2 million passengers a month, according to Dubai Airports Chief Paul Griffiths.

This is “about 67 per cent below where we were in a typical first quarter,” said Griffiths during a Centre for Aviation (CAPA) Live event on Wednesday.

Dubai was the world’s fourth-busiest airport in 2019, according to industry group Airports Council International.

DXB is currently operating around 63 per cent of the pre-COVID destinations with around 75 per cent of its airlines present here, said Griffiths.

“There are restrictions on frequency, airport capacity and aircraft capacity,” said Griffiths. “It's all working at the moment and the traffic levels are sufficient that we don't have any problems separating people but as things get busier clearly is going to be a challenge”

Aviation executives and analysts expect it will take years for the industry to recover, with international travel restrictions continuing to cripple global demand.

Griffiths said he was optimistic travel demand would increase as vaccine rollouts gathered pace globally.

That could see Dubai airport handle more passengers this year than in 2020, though he cautioned it would be a “long time” before the airport returns to pre-pandemic figures. “Intercontinental travel will continue to be a challenge.”

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