Dubai airport returns to full capacity for the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19

Dubai International Airport has returned to work at its full operational capacity at 100%, after the opening of the last phase of Concourse A in Terminal 3, which included all stations, concourses, lounges, restaurants and retail outlets.

Terminal 3, which is now fully operational, is expected to serve more than 1.6 million passengers during the second half of December, during the travel and seasonal holiday period.

Dubai received more than one million visitors during the month of October alone, and Dubai International Airport achieved a pioneering achievement by receiving one million passengers every week during the month of November, as the number of arriving passengers and travelers to multiple destinations reached 94% compared to the rates previously recorded in the pre-pandemic period. Corona.

"Today's achievement is of paramount importance for the aviation sector, the city of Dubai and its economic growth, as we have reached this level where all our facilities and facilities have become fully operational at 100% to provide full services to customers and receive huge numbers of travelers coming to Dubai. Dubai, with high levels of sterilization and hygiene procedures, provision of rapid examination facilities for PCR tests, improvement of customer service and visitor support facilities to ensure the comfort, safety and enjoyment of travelers, we contribute to achieving recovery and reaching rates of passenger numbers that exceed the number of pre-pandemic passengers." Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said.

He added: "All this was the result of the collective effort made with the amazing work provided by the work team and partners to overcome this challenge and return work at the airport to its full operational capacity at 100%."

The phases of returning to full operational capacity began after the closure in March 2020 with the reopening of Terminals 2 and 3 and Concourse “B” and “C” for incoming passengers since June 22, 2020, coinciding with the easing of international travel restrictions related to “Covid-19” in the country with Observe all precautionary measures that ensure the safety of all passengers.

Traveling abroad was allowed for UAE citizens and residents starting from June 23, 2020. Dubai received the first international passengers on July 7 of the same year, and on June 24, 2021 Dubai Airports reopened Terminal 1 and Concourse D, which is home to more than 60 international airlines.

Over the past eighteen months, Dubai airports witnessed a stable increase in passenger traffic, which has increased significantly in recent months, as the number of passengers reached 10.6 million passengers during the first half of 2021, while the third quarter of the year witnessed a significant direct growth of that increase, reaching its peak during Last October, the number of passengers increased to 20.7 million passengers so far, and with the increasing demand for travel during the holiday season until the end of the year, the number of passengers is expected to reach 28.9 million passengers by the end of this year, achieving an estimated increase of 2.1 million over the forecast of September 2021.

Paul Griffiths said: "The recovery rate at DXB has exceeded most other airports of a similar size, reflecting the prestigious international position that Dubai has gained as an attractive tourist city, which at the same time has taken strict precautionary measures to preserve the safety of all visitors and residents. For the number of visitors coming to Dubai to exceed the levels the city was experiencing before the pandemic during the last few weeks of the year, which represents a huge achievement in our journey towards full recovery.”

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