Dubai Airports sees rise in traffic after 41% first-half drop

Dubai Airports sees rise in traffic after 41% first-half drop
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(Aug 11): Dubai Airports reported a 41% drop in first-half passenger traffic, while expressing confidence that fewer travel restrictions and coming events will stoke rising activity through year-end.

The number of people passing through the world’s largest airport by international traffic fell to 10.6 million, as the airport served 68% of its pre-pandemic destinations, the state-owned company said in a statement Wednesday.

With Expo 2020 Dubai starting in October after a one-year delay and the Dubai Airshow set for November, “the outlook for 2021 in terms of passenger numbers looks very promising,” Chief Executive Officer Paul Griffiths said.

Britain last week moved the United Arab Emirates to medium-risk status from high, removing a requirement for hotel quarantine on entry. The UAE separately lifted a ban on transit passengers from some countries in the Indian subcontinent, unlocking key destinations for the Middle East’s trade and travel hub which relies heavily on connecting passengers around the globe.

The airport -- home to Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline before the pandemic -- saw some of its busiest weekends in July at the peak of the summer season and is expecting to handle more than 1 million passengers between Aug. 12-22 as summer holidays end.