A 147% increase in the number of airlines and cargo companies in the UAE during 2021


The General Authority of Civil Aviation revealed that the number of international airlines and shipping companies operating in the country increased by 147% during 2021 compared to 2020.

The authority explained to “Emirates Today” that the number of airlines and shipping companies that resumed their activities and flights from the country this year amounted to 284 companies, compared to 115 companies at the end of last year, an increase of 147 percent.

“Civil Aviation” stated that the number of registered and operating airlines in the country currently reached 23 commercial companies and five private airlines.

Facilities and opportunities

The authority attributed the companies’ resumption of their activities from the UAE to Expo 2020 Dubai, and the investment opportunities it offers, the expected growth of the aviation sector, and safe investment opportunities in the sector, as well as the strength of the local economy, which led to the entry of airlines into a phase Recovering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authority confirmed that the package of facilities provided by the government to the various economic sectors in the country, especially the aviation sector, during the last period, to help them overcome the repercussions of the pandemic, supported the decision of many companies to return to resume their activities and operations from the Emirates.

Investor confidence

“Civil Aviation” said that it monitored the confidence of investors in the aviation sector in the country, through requests submitted to the authority to obtain new permits for a number of airlines that wish to transfer or establish their operations centers in the Emirates.

It indicated that it had issued various laws and protocols to organize and facilitate aviation operations in the country, in light of the current circumstances and challenges, which helped support, stimulate and grow the aviation sector during the last period despite the challenges.

Accommodate the expected increase in air traffic

The Assistant Director-General of the Air Navigation Services Sector at the General Civil Aviation Authority, Ahmed Al-Jallaf, confirmed to “Emirates Today”, in previous statements, the ability of the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center, and all the country’s airports, to absorb the expected increase in air traffic, and “deal”. With her, to coincide with the holding of “Expo 2020 Dubai”.

He pointed out that there is continuous coordination between the General Civil Aviation Authority, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the Dubai Air Navigation Services Corporation, the Dubai Airports Corporation, and airlines, through the National Airspace Advisory Committee, in order to fully prepare for hosting the “Expo 2020 Dubai”, and to deal smoothly. And complete ease with incoming and outgoing flights.

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