DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Passenger numbers at Dubai Worldwide Airport this yr will eclipse the pre-pandemic passenger figures in 2019, displaying the sturdy rebound in journey after the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns that grounded plane worldwide, a prime official stated Wednesday.
The airport, the world’s busiest for worldwide journey and residential of the long-haul provider Emirates, has had 64.5 million passengers go by way of its cavernous concourses by way of the third quarter of this yr. That places it on monitor to achieve 86.8 million passengers for the total yr, which might exceed its 2019 determine of 86.3 million passengers. It had 66 million passengers final yr.
The airport’s busiest yr was 2018, when it had 89.1 million passengers.
“We’re thrilled however not solely stunned that DXB is all set to surpass the pre-pandemic milestone effectively forward of our preliminary projections by nearly a yr,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, stated in a press release.
By means of the third quarter, Dubai’s major airport dealt with 308,000 whole takeoffs and landings. India, lengthy a key route for Emirates’ East-West journey technique, led all nations in locations, adopted by Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the U.S. and Russia. Emirates and different airlines within the United Arab Emirates, an autocratic federation of seven sheikhdoms, have continued to fly to Moscow even throughout Russia’s struggle on Ukraine.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport stays the busiest passenger airport total.
Griffiths’ announcement comes in the course of the Dubai Air Present at Al Maktoum Worldwide Airport at Dubai World Central, the city-state’s second airfield some 45 kilometers (28 miles) away from Dubai Worldwide Airport. Whereas utilized by business airways when Qatar hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the second airport that opened in 2010 largely sees cargo and personal plane flights.
Throughout this yr’s present, Emirates has introduced a $52 billion plane buy with Boeing Co., whereas its sister airline FlyDubai purchased one other $11 billion of plane from Boeing.