Rasha Tabila (Abu Dhabi)
The aviation sector in the UAE has gained a global reputation for its resilience in the face of the “Covid 19” challenge, as all indicators, from infrastructure, number of passengers, network of destinations, and high-level health and safety measures, confirm that the country is moving at a deliberate pace towards the recovery of the aviation sector from the repercussions of the pandemic, as its airports are in the first eight months of the year. Despite the pandemic, it received about 22.8 million passengers, according to data from the General Authority of Civil Aviation.
The data, a copy of which was obtained by Etihad, indicated that in August, the country’s airports received 3.6 million passengers, while air traffic in August amounted to 46,500 movements.
The relevant authorities in the sector from airports and national carriers revealed in their data in the past period that positive indicators were recorded this year despite the “pandemic”, amid their expectations of the growth in demand for travel for the second half of this year, as Dubai Airport expected strong growth for the second half of this year. While Etihad Airways confirmed, after releasing its semi-annual results, that there was a significant increase in demand for reservations from 3 to 6 times in the second half of this year with the addition of new destinations, at a time also Emirates Airlines announced in a previous statement last month that it would continue to expand its network safely and sustainably. According to its data until August, the carrier resumed passenger services to more than 120 destinations and restored about 90% of its pre-pandemic network.
The total number of passengers through Dubai International Airport during the first seven months of 2021 reached more than 12.56 million, benefiting from the peak travel during the summer holidays, which prompted the continuous expansion of the network of Emirates Airlines and flydubai, the two main carriers in the emirate, whose joint network extends to 168 destinations around the world, in addition to the imminent launch of Expo 2020 Dubai, and the expansion of easing travel restrictions in many major destinations.
Dubai International Airport maintained the first position in the world as the world’s busiest international airport in terms of seat capacity for scheduled flights during the month of July 2021, according to OAG data, which specializes in aviation data, after the seat capacity of scheduled flights reached about 2.38 million seats.
According to the latest figures issued by Airports Council International, Dubai International Airport remains the world’s busiest airport for international travelers after retaining the title for the seventh consecutive year for annual traffic in 2020. Dubai International Airport is also significantly ahead of other international and regional airports, with Its success is double the passenger traffic as it is the busiest airport in the Middle East.
With more countries in the world reopening their borders and easing restrictions on international travel, Emirates Airlines revealed in a statement last month that it will continue to expand its network safely and sustainably, as according to its data until August, the airline resumed passenger services to more than 120 destinations and recovered about 90 % of its pre-pandemic network. Emirates customers are now able to travel easily and smoothly to and through Dubai to and from the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asian Pacific region, and the airline continues to launch a series of initiatives to attract more travelers to Dubai.
Emirates Airlines ranked first in the world among the five largest airlines in international passenger traffic, measured by return on passenger per kilometer, and third in air freight, during 2020, which recorded the largest decrease in the number of air passengers since 1950, according to previous statistics of the International Transport Association. Air “IATA”. Emirates Airlines ranked fourth globally in the total number of international passengers carried by international airlines during the pandemic year, 15.8 million passengers, after Ryanair, EasyJet and Wizz Air.
Abu Dhabi Airport
Last June, Abu Dhabi Airports announced that its ground handling services provider, “Manawla”, had obtained the Safety Audit Certificate for Ground Operations (ISAGO) from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in appreciation of its commitment to applying the highest safety standards in its various operations. Last May, the health accreditation of airports from the Airports Council International, for its commitment to follow comprehensive global health and safety standards in all its operations, in response to the repercussions of the global epidemic, where the health accreditation reflects the effectiveness of health and safety standards applied at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which are consistent with the recommendations of the work team to revive the sector Aviation of the ICAO Council, as well as industry best practices. The accreditation is based on the evaluation of new health measures and procedures that were implemented after the emergence of the Covid-19 epidemic.
“Etihad Airways” recently expected a surge in demand for travel and reservations, during the coming period, with the opening of travel to restaurants from all over the world without the need for them to undergo a period of quarantine, as it recently expected that the movement of demand for travel will also increase, coinciding with the readiness of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to organize A number of major events over the coming months, such as the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as well as the UAE’s preparations to welcome visitors and tourists at Expo 2020.
Etihad currently serves 65 global destinations, with the most modern and most sustainable aircraft fleet around the world.
The aviation sector in the UAE has grown over the past years, to be a vital contributor to the UAE economy over the years, as recent figures show that the aviation industry generates more than $47.4 billion (174 billion dirhams) for the UAE economy.
The national aviation industry supports at least 800,000 jobs, and the aviation sector is currently one of the main strategic sectors targeted by government plans to build a strong and sustainable economy, as the sector contributes 14% of GDP.
National airlines continued to expand their operations and increase traffic to meet the accelerating demand for travel since the beginning of the last summer season, according to data from the OAG Corporation, which specializes in flight data, which showed the growth of flights operated by national companies by 20% during the month of July. . The data indicated that the total number of flights operated by 5 national companies, including: Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, during July 2021 amounted to about 15,742 flights, compared to 13,111 flights operated during last June.