Dubai Airport sees increase in passenger travel and annual hike forecast

DUBAI (Reuters) – Operator Dubai International said on Wednesday more than 14 million passengers passed through the airport in the second quarter and raised its forecast for the year to 62.4 million passengers.

It was the ninth consecutive quarter where passenger numbers were higher than the previous quarter, as demand for international travel increased amid easing pandemic restrictions around the world.

Dubai Airport handled 14.2 million passengers between April and June, nearly three times the 4.9 million in the same quarter a year earlier, Dubai Airports said in a statement.

The airport, the busiest for international travelers in the world, welcomed 27.9 million travelers in the first half, more than double the number from a year ago and just below the 25.9 million recorded in 2021.

The operator said it now expects an average of 5.6 million passengers through the airport each month for the rest of the year, revising its annual forecast upwards by 7%.

Dubai International recovered 67.5% of pre-pandemic passenger traffic comparing the first six months of this year to the same period in 2019, Dubai Airports said.

The airport saw an 18.9% drop in cargo volumes in the first half to 910,075 tonnes, which Dubai Airports partly attributed to a 45-day capacity reduction period as part of the construction works. scheduled track maintenance.

Major cargo operators also shifted their flights to another airport in Dubai in March. Cargo services had been consolidated at Dubai International at the height of the pandemic.

(Writing by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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