Dubai Airports expects to handle 5 million passengers a month during the summer

Dubai Airports Corporation expected the monthly traffic through Dubai International Airport, during the summer months, to reach about five million passengers, with high travel demand, coinciding with the start of the school holidays and the Eid al-Adha holiday.

He was also awaiting the completion of the northern runway renovation project at Dubai International Airport and its opening on June 22, just before the peak of the trip.

The foundation told Emirates Today that travel through Dubai International continues to recover, noting a significant increase in the percentage of transit passengers, which accounted for 41% of the total number of passengers last April.

strong growth

Majid Al Joker, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Airports, said Dubai International Airport has recorded strong growth rates in passenger traffic in recent months, noting that the Corporation has raised its expectations for passenger numbers this year to 58.3 millions of passengers, in the light. of these indicators, as well as easing travel restrictions in emerging markets such as Southeast Asia and Australia, which are major markets for Dubai airports.

“transit” movement.

And Al Joker continued: “Travel traffic through Dubai International Airport continues to recover, as we have seen in the last period a significant increase in passenger traffic (transit) through the airport, which accounted for 41% of the total number of passenger traffic in April, up 32% from last March. “

He noted that 70 airlines operate their flights through Dubai International, which is a higher number compared to pre-pandemic levels of the Corona virus in 2019, indicating the total number of destinations to which different airlines operate flights. , has reached 190 global destinations.

A significant increase

Al Joker revealed that Dubai Airports expects a significant increase in travel traffic through Dubai International during the second half of this year, noting that the summer of 2022 will be the busiest period at the airport.

He said estimates show that monthly traffic through Dubai International will reach five million passengers over the summer, specifically in July and next August.

the culmination of the journey

Al Joker expected the airport to witness a strong move in relation to the start of the school holidays and the Eid al-Adha holiday, noting that Dubai Airports Corporation, based on the expected figures, intends to complete the northern runway renovation project and open more June 22, before the peak of the journey.

He said there is a state of thirst for travel, especially with the easing of procedures and requirements for travel through world markets.

Regarding the continuation of several airlines to carry out their flights from Al Maktoum International Airport, after the completion of maintenance operations at Dubai International Airport, Al Joker said that the Corporation is studying these requirements and the level of travel demand, in cooperation with all strategic partners, to make a decision in this regard. He said that “Dubai Airports” offers the latest solutions and intelligent technologies that facilitate travel procedures at various stages, and is a pioneer in the application of quality services to improve the passenger experience, emphasizing that smart travel procedures reduce the need for queues and increase the capacity of the airport.

3000 people to complete the renovation of the northern runway

Dubai Airports chief operating officer Majid Al Joker said the project to renovate the north runway at Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest, began on May 9, as more than 1,000 vehicles and 3,000 people continued to work around the clock. airport to complete the project Execution of planned work quickly and efficiently.

He explained that these works include: reinforcement and leveling of the runway floor, strengthening and widening of adjacent lanes, replacement of aviation ground lighting signals, air navigation sensors and meteorological equipment, strengthening the paving of entrances and exits of main corridors , maintenance. sewage infrastructure, in addition to the transfer of the floating aids substation.In light of the continuity of operations on the southern runway.

150 thousand tons of asphalt

Dubai Airports Chief Operating Officer Majid Al Joker confirmed that the northern runway renovation project at Dubai International Airport increases capacity and supports airport operations, and contributes to continuing to provide higher security standards and improve management. smooth and efficient operations.

He noted the use of about 150 thousand tons of asphalt and 30 thousand square meters of concrete, with the renovation and improvement of 3600 lighting units along the 4.5 km runway, with the maintenance and improvement of various infrastructure facilities.

He noted that the north runway of the airport underwent a development process during 2014 and was planned to be renovated again in 2024, but the decision was made to implement the project during the current year, as a proactive measure, in light of expectations. that the movement of passengers and aircraft will witness a significant increase, after full recovery, in the coming years.

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