Dubai’s official carrier Emirates is not the only airline to benefit.
Dubai sees air travel surge, expects FIFA World Cup boost
Dubai International Airport saw a surge in passengers over the first half of 2022 as pandemic restrictions eased and the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar will further boost traffic to the city-state's second airfield, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
Dubai Airports today announced a strong H1 2022 performance, welcoming 27.9 million passengers in the first six months of the year.- Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) August 17, 2022
Watch this video to see some of the 2022 highlights so far. pic.twitter.com/L4b3aLrpM0
Paul Griffiths, who oversees the world's busiest airport for international travel, said the airport handled 160 per cent more traffic over the past six months compared to the same period last year, part of an air-travel rebound around the world.
"It's a very, very welcome surge of traffic," Griffiths said.
The nearly 28 million people who travelled through the airport over the past six months represent some 70 per cent of the airport's pre-pandemic levels, even as Dubai's key source market of China remains closed due to severe pandemic restrictions. Griffiths said he expects the airport’s traffic to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year.