Dubai’s state-owned airline expects passenger traffic to “rise” in the coming weeks and months, its chief executive said on Wednesday, after the United Arab Emirates announced easing of travel restrictions from African and Asian countries.
The Gulf state, a major international travel hub, said on Tuesday it would lift a transit ban on August 5, which Emirates later said would apply to passengers traveling from 12 countries, including India’s major market.
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The UAE will also lift entry bans this week for those who have visited India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria or Uganda for the past 14 days for those with valid residency and certification from the UAE. authorities as fully vaccinated.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said Dubai International was “ready to address the expected increase in the coming weeks and months” once the restrictions were eased.
The Indian subcontinent is traditionally the largest source market for Dubai International, which is one of the busiest airports in the world and the hub of state-owned Emirates.
Griffiths said easing entry restrictions for incoming travelers from South Asia as well as Nigeria and Uganda would allow thousands of UAE residents to return.
“It is a great development both socially and economically,” he said.
Those traveling to the UAE or passing through its airports must meet a number of requirements, including having a negative corona polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior to departure.
Dubai International Airport aims to increase passenger traffic by 8% this year to 28 million. It managed 86.4 million in 2019, a year before the pandemic.