Top three cities to receive maximum passengers from the Gulf country were : London with 1.15 million, Mumbai with 772,000 and New Delhi with 722,000

India remained the top destination country with 4.3 million passengers flying from the UAE airports in 2020, followed by the UK at 1.89 million, Pakistan at 1.86 million and Saudi Arabia with 1.45 million, said a report by Airports Council International.

Yet the top three cities which received maximum passengers were: London with 1.15 million, Mumbai with 772,000 and New Delhi with 722,000.

Showing signs of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dubai International Airport received 25.9 million passengers in 2020 among which India remained amongst top destinations of passengers, according to a report in Khaleej Times.

“Dubai Airports showed strong recovery, receiving 25.9 million passengers in 2020, despite the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and it is confident of recovering its pre-Covid-19 levels in the future,” said Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airports.

Passenger numbers were down by 70 per cent from 2019, when it received 86.4 million visitors. Optimistic that the Dubai airport will recover to former levels of traffic that it enjoyed in 2019 Griffith pointed out that through these challenging times, one of the most important qualities is strength and resilience which is a hallmark of everyone in making Dubai Airports the success it has been to date.

Noting that 2021 is going to be a difficult year and there are many challenges ahead, he said “We are confident of a steady, but optimistic outlook and that the airlines is constantly monitoring future schedules and bookings, working with airlines on their plans to return to DXB and new routes to be introduced.”