Dubai Airport: 3,500 jobs to come when Terminal 1 reopens – News
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths expects demand to surge as the airline industry recovers.
About 3,500 jobs will be created following the reopening of Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport (DXB) this week, said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
These jobs will be created by DXB, airlines and other airport partners who will resume operations.
“There will be more jobs for Dubai. The passenger service remains very personal at DXB and we are going to hire staff, bring back handling agents. The airlines are clearly going to do it, ”Griffiths said
“Moving 66 airlines to Terminal 1 means huge activity. This means that we will need more people to manage the check-in counters and help people through the process. “
“And our business partners are clearly seeing an acceleration in the recovery. Some jobs are waiting to be reactivated and some of them will be hired, ”he added.
Dubai International Airport is expected to increase 8% to 28 million this year thanks to the reopening of Terminal 1 from June 24. This decision will add 18 million to its passenger capacity.
Terminal 1 will reopen after 15 months of closure following last year’s Covid-19 outbreak.
Griffiths expects a surge in demand as the airline industry recovers and countries reopen their borders.
“Governments around the world are starting to deal with the Covid situation rather than avoiding it… with the school holidays, Eid Al Adha and Expo 2020 coming to the United Arab Emirates, we are seeing a huge rebound in travel incoming and outgoing over the next few months, ”Griffiths said.
“We took the opportunity to reopen Terminal 1 from June 24, which will see the transition of 66 airlines that currently operate from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1. This provides an on-arrival PCR testing capability and also helps to provide better service, ”he said.
“In the fall we will return to almost 90% of the original capacity we were operating before the pandemic, as the outlook is positive as the EU seeks to introduce a vaccine passport and positive rumors are coming out of the States as well. United. “
“The cautious reopening of Nigeria, South Africa and India will clearly open up some transfer flows through DXB International. The outlook is cautiously optimistic based on some of the trends we are currently seeing,” Griffiths told Bloomberg in an interview.
In 2020, passenger traffic fell 70% to 25.9 million, from 86.4 million in 2019.
Griffiths added that Dubai International’s new state-of-the-art lab will give Covid-19 test results a quick turnaround time.
“We are looking for methods to give even faster results. And the validation of certificates is something that we are looking at with IATA and various other countries, ”he said.