Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid: Vaccine passports 'inevitable', says Dubai Airports CEO

Muzaffar Rizvi/Dubai
Filed on May 16, 2021

It was asserted that Covid vaccine passports were the only way to restart mass international travel.

Covid vaccine passports are the only way to restart mass international travel, according to the chief executive of Dubai Airports.

Sharing a positive message at the ATM on Sunday, Paul Griffiths said he was an ardent supporter of the document, calling it “inevitable”.

“I don’t think there is an alternative,” Griffiths told the BBC.


>> ‘Covid passports’ in UAE explained: Will you need one?

Dubai International Airport, which represents around 27 per cent of Dubai’s GDP and 21 per cent of the employment in Dubai, ranked first for international passenger numbers last year despite the airport witnessing a 70.1 per cent dip in traffic, as more than 25 million global travellers passed through in 2020 compared to over 86 million in 2019.

“I think the problem is not the vaccine passport and its discrimination. It’s the need to roll things out and have a proper globally equitable vaccine programme,” Griffiths said.

Dubai International Airport was the world’s busiest airport for international passengers for the seventh year in a row in 2020, having taken the spot from London Heathrow in 2014.

“Despite the ongoing challenges to air travel as the world continues to battle against the impact of the global pandemic, as an important hub, DXB will continue to play its role of enabling mobility and connectivity and contribute to the much needed social and economic recovery globally,” Griffiths said while commenting over first-quarter performance recently.

Dubai Airports is working closely with its aviation and commercial partners, government authorities and airport employees in its efforts to achieve a full recovery while enhancing customer confidence by providing a safe airport environment.


>> UAE Covid: How a vaccine pass could work

DXB’s passenger volumes reached 5.75 million during the first quarter this year as it crossed the two million-mark in March.


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