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Emirates is preparing to handle a surge in traveler numbers as the new year dawns. The United Arab Emirates airline expects over 70,000 passengers to pass through Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport on January 2nd and 3rd.
Emirates, New Year, Travel Surge
Emirates is gearing up for a surge in travelers at the weekend. Photo: Dubai Airports
Many airlines are still experiencing record low numbers of passengers as a result of the current situation. Indeed, analysis by aviation experts Cirium showed that the aviation industry had been pushed back by 21 years to 1999 levels since the start of the year. As such, when any carrier expects a surge in travel, it seems like something that should be celebrated.
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Expect Dubai Airport to be busy
Dubai is always a popular destination to visit during New Year due to the fireworks, parties, and more. While much of the world remains closed to tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not the case with Dubai. Indeed, Dubai has been reopened to tourism since early July.
As such, it seems natural that people wanting to travel for New Year this year will seek to fly to Dubai. All in all, Emirates is expecting 70,000 passengers across Saturday and Sunday. This is roughly equivalent to its new premium economy A380 configuration being loaded 145 times.
Emirates appeals to customers
Due to the expected business at Terminal 3 in Dubai International Airport, Emirates has requested that passengers think ahead about their travel plans. Specifically, the airline has asked passengers to build extra time into their journey to compensate for traffic congestion at the terminal.