Dubai International Airport has increased its forecast for this year to 64.3 million passengers following a strong increase in passengers compared to the third quarter of last year.
According to Reuters News, the state operator of Dubai Airports said in a statement that Dubai is a key gateway for international travel, handling about 18.5 million passengers in the third quarter to September 2022, up from the same period a year earlier. The figure was 6.7 million.
Dubai Airport has handled more than 46.3 million passengers so far this year, up 168 percent year-on-year and about 72 percent of air traffic in the first nine months of 2019 before the global pandemic.
It should be noted that in the third quarter, the number of passengers from Dubai to London topped the list with 2 million, followed by passengers from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Mumbai, India.
Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport returned to pre-corona levels in the third quarter as it had 18.45 million visitors in the three months to September, the highest number since 17.8 million in the first quarter of 2020.
Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, said that passenger traffic growth this year has been outstanding and is somewhat ahead of our expectations.
Paul Griffiths said in the statement that the passenger forecast for 2022 has been raised to 64.3 million, with the last quarter likely to see much higher passenger traffic.
According to statistics, Dubai International Airport has been the busiest airport in the world in terms of the number of international passengers during the year 2021.
The International Airports Council’s annual report presented the world’s 10 busiest airports, which accounted for nearly 10 percent of global traffic in 2021.
Eight of the top 10 airports for passenger traffic last year were in the US, while two were recorded in China.