World’s Busiest International Airport – Dubai (DXB) in 2021

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India remains a top destination for passenger volume at DXB

By Mukzith M – Ask Lanka Staff Reporter

Dubai International (DXB) continues to be the world’s busiest airport by international passenger numbers for the eighth consecutive year after clocking 29.1 million in annual traffic in 2021. This news was declined as it was announced with the Ukraine War Breaking out.

(DXB) Dubai International Airport’s annual traffic exceeded forecasts for the year by more than half a million passengers, on the back of a strong last quarter. India continues to be its top destination in passenger volume. Despite the Pandemic situation, DXB is doing well.

According to the Dubai based media companies, DXB catered to 29,110,609 passengers for the full year of 2021 — year-on-year growth of 12.7 per cent. The numbers were propelled by robust growth in the final three months of the year during which DXB recorded 11,794,046 passengers, 77 per cent more than in the previous quarter. It was the busiest quarter since Q1 2020, and the first time since the start of the pandemic that DXB’s quarterly traffic surpassed the 10 million mark. December 2021 was the busiest month of the year with 4.5 million passengers. And it was kicked by successful Worldwide vaccination programme as well. It made travel more confident and more convenient.

Top destinations from/to DXB

By Mukzith M – Ask Lanka Staff Reporter

India retained its position as the top destination country for DXB by passenger volume, with passenger traffic for 2021 totalling 4.2 million, followed by Pakistan with 1.8 million, Saudi Arabia with 1.5 million, and the United Kingdom with 1.2 million passengers. Other destination countries of note include the US (1.1 million passengers), Egypt (1 million) and Turkey (945,000 passengers).

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, described it as an eventful year that contained many milestones including the successful hosting of the Dubai Airshow 2021, the world’s first major airshow ever since the start of the pandemic, the return of DXB to 100 per cent operational capacity with the reopening of Terminal 1-Concourse D and Concourse A, and the opening of the world’s largest in-house airport laboratory for fast-track processing Covid-19 PCR test samples for Dubai’s visitors. Dubai is among one of the leading destinations which were opened for tourism. In some cases, we can name as the best destination which reacted to Pandemic successfully.

The airport also welcomed a record number of new airlines connecting Dubai to new destinations and joined the rest of the city in creating a warm welcome for millions of visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai.

DXB’s top destination cities during 2021 were Istanbul with 916,000 passengers, Cairo (905,000), London (814,000) and New Delhi (791,000 passengers).

Describing DXB’s performance in 2021 as nothing short of impressive, Griffiths said, “Despite unprecedented turmoil affecting millions of people all over the world, we overcame many serious obstacles to the operation of the world’s largest international hub and provided smooth, comfortable and safe travel for millions of people travelling through DXB. This incredible performance by all of our staff and stakeholders was achieved in the face of abruptly changing travel regulations and concerns about new waves of infection. Despite these serious challenges to our ongoing success, we managed to exceed our own forecasts and continue to retain our crown as the world’s busiest international airport.”

“With the eagerly anticipated reopening of key markets such as Australasia and the further easing of travel regulations around the world, the outlook for 2022 is very promising and we are in an excellent position to continue to lead the world’s air travel sector on the road to recovery.”

Traffic at Dubai airport

By Mukzith M – Ask Lanka Staff Reporter

Current forecasts indicate that traffic through DXB could reach 55.1 million by the end of 2022, but Griffiths acknowledges that if current trends continue, that figure could be exceeded by a significant margin, DXB said in a press note.

DXB is currently connected to 198 destinations across 93 countries through 84 international carriers – significantly more than in 2019 before the pandemic.

Cargo continued its strong performance throughout the year finishing with 614,834 tonnes of cargo in the fourth quarter (7.5 per cent) taking the annual freight volume in 2021 up by 20 per cent to 2,319,185 tonnes.

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