After being closed for 15 months, Terminal 1 will reopen this Thursday. As the pandemic spread, operations were consolidated through Terminals 2 and 3 last year.
“People think it will return. I don’t believe it. I believe that when people are confident to travel again, it will be an absolute torrent of demand,” Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffith Told Reuters on Sunday.
The airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. If “really, really lucky”, it can receive more than 40 million passengers this year. Griffith Said, although it may be between 24.7 million and 34.3 million.
“We are satisfied with the mid-range of approximately 28 (million).”
The annual passenger throughput of Terminal 1 reaches 18 million passengers, while the entire airport can handle 100 million passengers.
Griffith estimates that the reopening of the terminal will create 3,500 additional jobs at the airport, including retail, hotel, security and immigration jobs.
By the fall, 90% of the 260 destinations came from Dubai airport Griffith said it can recover before the pandemic, which is 63% higher than today.
The airport handled 5.75 million passengers in the first quarter, a decrease of 67.8% compared to the same period in 2020 before the pandemic stopped traffic.
In 2020, passenger traffic will drop by 70% from 86.4 million in 2019 to 25.9 million.The airport is the base of the national airline Emirates And flydubai, its entire business is international flights.
Within two weeks from Thursday, 66 foreign airlines will move from Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 to Terminal 1.
Terminal 3, where Emirates operates, will currently continue to operate in two of its three halls.
Dubai Second Airport, Al Maktoum International, And will continue to close commercial passenger flights.