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Dubai Airports receives 25.9 million passengers, Pakistan among top destinations

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Dubai International Airports reportedly received 25.9 million passengers in 2020, making Pakistan among top 4 countries with highest number of travelers to Dubai.

According to the details, Pakistan is now included in top 4 countries with 1.86 million travelers, India with 4.3 million, United Kingdom with 1.89 million and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with 1.45 million travelers. Likewise, the top three cities with the highest numbers of travelers to Dubai in 2020 were London with 1.15 million, Mumbai with 772,000, and New Delhi with 722,000.

On Monday, while talking about the matter in video message, Dubai Airport’s CEO, Paul Griffith, said: “During the last year, we experienced challenges never before seen in the travel industry. Despite these challenges, we emerged at the end of 2020 with 25.9 million passengers passing through our airports”.

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He added, “We remain optimistic that, in future, we will recover to former levels of traffic we enjoyed in 2019. Through these challenging times, one of the most important qualities is strength and resilience.”

He went on to say that recovering the confidence of the traveling public is a major initiative that Dubai Airports must ceaselessly pursue.

The CEO maintained, “One of our first challenges was to reduce the scale of our infrastructure to match the greatly reduced level of demand. This was essential to preserve our liquidity and involved us hibernating Terminal 1, Concourse D, and Concourse A.”

“What we also had to do was to reassure our travelers that we were making every effort to make DXB and DWC a safe, secure, and hygienic place for them to continue their journey in complete confidence. As soon as the demand for air travel starts to bounce back, we can quickly bring those facilities back into operation to mirror the demands from our airline customers,” he explained.

Dubai International handled 183,993 flights in 2020, down 51.4 percent, while the average number of passengers per flight fell 20.3 percent to 188. The airport handled 1.9 million tonnes of cargo, down 23.2 percent year on year.

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