Wednesday, September 22, 2021

UAE airports, airlines brace for surge as restrictions ease

Vaccinated expats to return through the local airports from August 5.

The UAE airports and airlines are bracing for a major surge in traffic with inbound travel restrictions lifted for restricted countries.

A major increase in passenger traffic is expected in the coming weeks after the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) allowed vaccinated expats to return to the UAE and also resumed transit travel through the local airports from August 5.

“The Indian subcontinent is a major source market for Dubai’s trade, aviation and tourism sectors and the conditional lifting of restrictions on inbound travellers from the region as well as from Nigeria and Uganda will boost economic activity while enabling thousands of residents to return to their families and work here in the UAE.

“We reopened Terminal 1 and Concourse D just over a month ago in preparation for the seasonal rush of travelers. I am glad to confirm that we are ready to accommodate the anticipated surge in the coming weeks and months,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

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