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Dubai Airport confirmed a 70% drop in the number of passengers last year. But air passenger traffic, which has been almost completely paralyzed by the covida-19 pandemic, will not return to pre-crisis levels so soon. Lufthansa's first man estimates that the numbers that international airports and airlines once boasted could only come closer in five years.
Dubai Airport, considered as one of the major transit airports, had 25.9 million passengers last year, up 70 percent less from the previous year, when 86 million passengers were listed. The decline was attributed to the covida-19 pandemic and fewer trips, as well as tighter conditions in the tourism sector.
Dubai International Airport CEO Paul Griffiths estimated that last year was the most difficult year for the aviation industry. The airport was even closed for a while in the spring. “The effects of the pandemic have been felt around the world,” he added.
in 2019, as one of the largest airports in the world, already experienced a 3.1% drop in the number of passengers. With this, for the first time in 20 years, they had a drop in passenger numbers on an annual basis.
last year most passengers arrived at Dubai Airport from India (4.3 million), followed by passengers from the UK (1.8 million) and Pakistan (4.3 million).
Dubai is a popular destination for tourists looking for higher temperatures during the winter. However, Dubai has also had to tighten its measures in recent weeks, as more than 500,000 tourists have 'flocked' to the resorts there, leading to a resurgence in the number of new coronavirus infections.
Lufthansa's first man expects air traffic to return to normal in five years
According to Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, air passenger traffic, which has been hit hard by the covida-19 pandemic, will not return to pre-crisis levels any time soon. He estimated that air passenger traffic in Europe and the US at the 2019 level will not return in less than five years.
Lufthansa's fleet will shrink from about 800 to 650 aircraft due to the pandemic.
“To date, there have been no relaxations of the strict rules, which makes it very difficult to carry air passenger transport,” said Spohr at a web conference of one of London’s economics schools this week. “What’s more, the restrictions have been tightened at best,” he added.
Weak numbers of passengers will be observed in the coming weeks, he is convinced. Even at the height of the summer season, it expects passengers to be only 40 to 60 percent of their numbers before a pandemic break out. “This will be a big challenge for companies,” he pointed out.
According to him, obtaining a negative test for coronavirus before boarding will be crucial, but he emphasized that there are no clear instructions on how the test should be performed. At Lufthansa, he said, they prepared to the best of their ability. He believes that a negative test or vaccination certificate before boarding the plane will sooner or later be a world standard.
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