According to the findings of the research, Doha has seized and consolidated a lead over Dubai in the first half of 2021, as the pre-eminent travel hub in the Middle East
By Amol A.
Doha has become the busiest airport in the Middle East, latest research from ForwardKeys has revealed, it was reported on the www.breakingtravelnews.com website.
According to the findings of the research, Doha has seized and consolidated a lead over Dubai in the first half of 2021, as the pre-eminent travel hub in the Middle East.
In the period January 1st-June 30th, the volume of air tickets issued for travel via Doha was 18 per cent higher than it was through Dubai, the report says, adding that this trend looks set to continue.
The current bookings for the second half of the year through Doha, according to the report, are 17 per cent higher than through Dubai.
At the start of the year, air traffic through Doha was at 77 per cent of Dubai; but it quickly reached 100 per cent for the first time during the week commencing January 27th.
“The major factor driving the trend was the lifting, in January, of the blockade of flights to and from Qatar, which was imposed in June 2017 by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” adds the report.
Commenting on the news, Badr Al Meer, chief operating officer at Hamad International Airport, said, “We are proud that Hamad International Airport – the best airport in the Middle East – has become an increasingly popular destination and hub for passengers from all around the globe.
“We believe this is a result of the hard work our team has continued to demonstrate throughout the pandemic and the Covid-19 policies and protocols the airport has implemented which have maintained our operational excellence while keeping staff and customers safe.”