Dubai airport expects passenger surge as UAE eases travel curbs

DUBAI:

Dubai’s state airport operator expects a “surge” in passenger visitors over the approaching weeks and months, its chief govt stated on Wednesday, after the United Arab Emirates introduced an easing of travel restrictions from African and Asian nations.

The Gulf state, a significant worldwide travel hub, on Tuesday stated it might scrap on Aug 5 a transit flight ban which Emirates airline later stated utilized to passengers travelling from 12 nations.

The UAE will even raise this week an entry ban on those that had visited India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria or Uganda over the previous 14 days for these with legitimate residencies and who’re licensed by Emirati authorities as absolutely vaccinated.

Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths stated Dubai International was “ready to accommodate the anticipated surge in the coming weeks and months” as soon as restrictions ease.

Read: UAE lifts ban on transit flights from Pakistan

The Indian subcontinent is historically the most important supply marketplace for Dubai International, which is without doubt one of the world’s busiest airports and the hub for state airline Emirates.

Griffiths stated the easing of entry restrictions on inbound travellers from South Asia in addition to Nigeria and Uganda would permit for 1000’s of UAE residents to return.

“It’s a great development from both a social and economic standpoint,” he stated.

Those travelling to the UAE or transiting by means of its airports want to satisfy varied situations together with presenting a destructive polymerase chain response (PCR) coronavirus check previous to departure.

Dubai International Airport is concentrating on 8% development in passenger visitors this 12 months to 28 million. It dealt with 86.four million in 2019, the 12 months earlier than the pandemic struck.

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