Dubai Airport Expects Increase in Travelers

Airport management in Dubai hopes that travelers will start arriving following the easing of the Covid-19 pandemic prevention rules. Travel traffic at Dubai International Airport is expected to grow up to 8 percent or to 28 million passengers this year following the growing demand for flights.

UMMATIMES - The plan is that Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport will reopen on Thursday, June 24, 2021 after 15 months of being closed. During the Covid-19 pandemic, operations at Dubai International Airport were consolidated through Terminals 2 and 3.

“People might think this will just flow. I don't believe in that. I'm sure there will be a surge of demand when people start to feel confident about traveling again," said Dubai airport CEO Paul Griffiths, Sunday, 20 June 2021.

Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, which this year is expected to serve 40 million passengers if all goes well. But Griffiths estimates the airport will probably serve 24.7 million passengers – 34.3 million passengers this year.

Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport can serve up to 18 million passengers per year. While the entire airport can handle up to 100 million passengers.

Griffiths estimates that the opening of Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 could create 3,500 jobs in the airport area. The employment fields include retail, lodging, security and immigration.

Dubai earlier on Saturday, 19 June 2021, announced a number of restrictions initially imposed on travelers recently traveling from India, South Africa and Nigeria, would be relaxed on Wednesday, 23 July 2021.