Due to the Hayya Card‘s visa-free and multiple entry capabilities, tourism to Middle Eastern nations has increased as a result of the FIFA World Cup in neighbouring Qatar. The rising influx has helped Dubai in particular, with Dubai International Airport continuing to be the busiest airport in the world by seats.
For eleven months, traffic has grown.
By greeting almost 28 million passengers in the first half of this year—nearly three times the same period last year—the airport has partially surpassed its projections. The airport then handled 18.5 million people between July and September of this year, more than twice as many as it did during the third quarter of the previous year, to exceed pre-pandemic quarterly traffic levels.
Dubai International Airport achieved the six million passenger threshold on a monthly average while maintaining largely trouble-free operations. The expansion of flight operations by regional airlines like Emirates and flydubai has also boosted traffic. The flag airline has more than 70% of its pre-pandemic passenger capacity back, and the low-cost carrier has more than 100%.
Dubai International Airport has increased its yearly passenger prediction multiple times in recent months due to the strong traffic trend, with the most recent increase anticipating 64.3 million people in 2022. It was still a far cry from the 86.4 million travellers who passed through the airport in 2019, though. Nevertheless, there was a growing tendency of optimism that the situation will improve to pre-pandemic levels.
Seating capacity increased in December.
Dubai International Airport still continued to be one of the busiest airports in the world during the year, albeit falling short of pre-pandemic yearly averages. And once December approached, the airport became more busier as a result of the nation’s relaunch of the Dubai Destinations campaign and the growing inflow of winter vacation travellers.
A large flow of soccer enthusiasts entered Dubai during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar as they took advantage of the hassle-free travel advantages. Due to this, the airport’s seating capacity climbed by 8% over the previous month, bringing the total number of airline seats to 4,556,115. Global airline capacity was, on average, 6% greater this month than it was in November, so an increase of 8% was significant.
Dubai International Airport is recognised as the busiest international airport in the world based only on international frequency. The airport surpassed Tokyo Haneda International Airport to take second place when overall frequency of both domestic and international airline seats was taken into consideration. Between these two airports, there was a large increase of 386,139 airline seats.
Unfortunately, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport outperformed Dubai International Airport, and the gap between the two was just 130,873 airline seats. Nevertheless, given how airports have been attempting to recover this year, the Emirates hub’s position in terms of seats is still exceptional. Additionally, for international connection, it is still the top mega hub in the Middle East and Africa.
As this fruitful and bustling year soon comes to an end, Dubai International Airport is highly confident that the continuing trend of increased capacities will see it returning and possibly even exceeding pre-pandemic traffic numbers as early as next year.