Reuters reports that in Dubai, On Wednesday, Dubai International’s operator announced that the airport had seen more than 14 million passengers in the second quarter, and that its annual passenger projection had been increased to 62.4 million.
That marked the ninth consecutive quarter in which passenger numbers increased from the previous quarter, as demand for international travel increases in response to the worldwide relaxation of pandemic restrictions.
According to a statement released by Dubai Airports, the airport processed 14.2 million passengers from April to June, an increase of nearly three times from the 4.9 million passengers processed during the same period a year earlier.
International passengers at the world’s busiest airport totaled 27.9 million in the first half of 2018, up from 11.7 million in the same period a year earlier and coming up short of the 25.9 million recorded in the full year of 2021.
The airport operator has increased its annual forecast by 7% to account for an expected 5.6 million passengers per month through the end of the year.
When comparing the first half of this year to the same half in 2019, Dubai Airports reported that passenger traffic at Dubai International had returned to 67.5% of its pre-pandemic levels.
Cargo volumes dropped 18.9% to 910,075 tonnes in the first half of the year, according to Dubai Airports. This decline was attributed in part to a capacity reduction for 45 days due to scheduled runway maintenance.
A number of major cargo companies redirected their flights back to another Dubai airport in March. At the height of the pandemic, cargo services were centralized at Dubai International.
(Alexander Cornwell wrote it and Bernadette Baum edited it)
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