Dubai airport to see passenger numbers double in 2022 as countries drop Covid testing requirements

Dubai’s main airport saw around 29 million passengers move through its terminals last year, as it kept its spot as the world’s busiest for international travel.

While Dubai International Airport’s figures equate to a 12 per cent increase in traffic compared to 2020, it is still a far cry from pre-pandemic levels of 86.4 million passengers in 2019.

With Dubai currently hosting Expo 2020, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, expects around 57 million travellers to come through the airport this year, and a full recovery to pre-pandemic figures by 2024, saying “the actual trends to recovery are very encouraging”.

Griffiths also said he expects more countries to begin dropping rules for vaccinated passengers to be tested for Covid-19.

“I do expect across the world, the testing regime for travel will start to disappear pretty quickly and we’re hopeful that there will be an announcement over the next few weeks from many different places,” he said.

“The whole idea of having to have tests for travel will give way to vaccination certificates.”