Dubai Airport eyes pre-pandemic traffic levels by end of year

The airport has seen a daily average rise of 5 percent

Dubai International Airport officials are hoping for passenger traffic to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2020 – with average daily passenger levels climbing 5 percent each day.

That is according to Major General Mohammed Al Marri, the Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), who answered questions during a government-backed social media campaign.

Launched by the Dubai Media Office, #AskDXBOfficial allows the general public to pose questions to the emirate’s senior government officials. The first of these Q&As featured Al Marri who answered a string of questions on current travel procedures and protocols.

Responding to a question regarding people who have incurred fines after losing their jobs because of travel restrictions, he said: "To all those who have accumulated fines, please do not assume you cannot exit the country. We at Dubai Airports and GDRFA will handle each humanitarian case individually and facilitate their travel.''

The number of passengers at Dubai Airport is seeing a daily average rise of 5 percent, said the GDRFA-Dubai chief. He then said he hopes that by the end of 2020, passenger traffic will return to levels seen at the start of the year.

The prediction differs slightly from Emirates Airline estimations made last week. The Dubai airline’s COO Adel al Redha said in an interview with CNBC that Emirates will not return to full capacity until the summer next year.

As one of the world’s largest carriers, much of DXB’s traffic comes from Emirates.

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