Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, has revealed that passenger numbers have dropped dramatically by nearly three quarters, despite the airport still keep its title as the world's busiest when it comes to international travel.
He said: "It was very, very dramatic. And of course, we had to respond in a very dramatic way to keep our liquidity ... Once we get to a point where every country feels like it’s got a significant number of people vaccinated, then confidence in travel will re-emerge ... Things are going to be tough for a while. But I think in the the long term there is cause for optimism, but exactly when the recovery will really gain pace and manifest itself in significant volumes of people wanting to fly again really depends."
Dubai's airport saw over 86 million passengers pass through it in 2019, but this dropped to just under 26 million in 2020.
And Griffiths believes the future for travel will see "bubbles" created between countries first before a proper re-opening of borders.