Dubai airports traffic surges led by Indians and Pakistanis
Dubai Airports reported significant growth for Dubai International (DXB) in the second half of the year on Wednesday after attaining 10.6 million passengers in the first six months of 2021, while travel restrictions has been affecting its key source markets throughout the second quarter.
India continued to be DXB’s top destination country by traffic volume in the first half with passenger numbers exceeding 1.9 million. Pakistan was second with 700,074 customers, followed by Russia (406,209) and Egypt (401,361).
Other destination countries consist Ethiopia, Sa and the US. However, the top traffic were Addis Ababa (354,804), followed by Cairo (345,886) and Moscow (344,175)
“In anticipation of the robust recovery of global air travel, we started the second half on a high note by re-opening Terminal 1 and Concourse D — the home terminal for our 60 international carriers — after 15 months of hibernation to accommodate the seasonal rush of travellers over the summer holidays,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
“This was essential to facilitate the continued expansion of the route networks of our home base carriers Emirates and flydubai, whose joint network — currently spanning 168 destinations — continues to grow.”
“We have already witnessed some of our busiest weekends of the year in July, and with major international events such as the Dubai Expo 2020 and Dubai Airshow 2021 lined up for the months ahead, the outlook for 2021 in terms of passenger numbers looks very promising,” he said.
Griffiths added that the UK’s recent decision to move the UAE to the ‘Amber list’ and the UAE’s conditional lifting of travel restrictions for passengers arriving from four countries in the Indian subcontinent as well as Nigeria and Uganda will significantly boost DXB’s traffic.
Airports Council International (ACI) has issued the latest figures, DXB is the world’s busiest airport for international passengers after retaining the title for the seventh consecutive year for annual traffic in 2020.
DXB retains a significant lead over other international airports and has nearly twice the passenger traffic of the next busiest global hub in the Middle East.
Dubai Airports data revealed Dubai airports passenger volumes in the second quarter totalled 4.9 million, taking the half-yearly figure for the year to 10.6 million, a year on year contraction of 40.9 per cent. DXB is currently serving 68 per cent of the destinations in 94 per cent of the countries on 70 per cent of the airlines compared to before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cargo kept outshining the passenger segment in terms of recovery with cargo volumes nearing 2019 levels in the second quarter. DXB registered 571,568 tonnes of freight in the second quarter, pushing the first half volumes to 1.1 million tonnes, a year-on-year surge of 27.7 per cent.
It reported a total of 99,392 flight movements during the first half, a marginal year on year increase of 0.9 per cent owing to a low base resulting from the impact of the partial suspension of operations from March 25 to July 7 in 2020.
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