Dubai Airports signs visitor readiness agreement with Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai Airports – owner and operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) – has signed an agreement with Expo 2020 Dubai ensuring that DXB is prepared to accommodate the millions of overseas visitors of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia takes place at a purpose-built site in Dubai emirate from October 1, 2021-March 31, 2022.
The agreement was signed at the Expo 2020 Dubai City Readiness Subcommittee meeting in Dubai by Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
Representatives of other UAE and Dubai government bodies also signed the agreement at the City Readiness Subcommittee meeting, chaired by Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of HH The Ruler’s Court of Dubai.
DXB is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic.
DXB recorded a challenging year in 2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, with a total of 25.9 million passengers travelling through the airport in 2020, a decrease of 70% compared to 2019.
During Q1 2020, DXB saw 17.8 million passengers (-20%) travel through the airport.
This significantly slowed through Q2 2020 due to the ensuing pandemic related events around the world.
Dubai’s premier airport sees a strong recovery in 2021 compared to 2020, from a markets and destination perspective.
As of Q3 2021 DXB serves 142 destinations (61% recovery) in 80 markets (85% recovery) via 56 airlines (75% recovery).