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Dubai Airport CEO: Global Travel Still Up In Air Over Virus
Friday, 15 May 2020 17:45 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

The CEO of the world's busiest airport for international travel wants to get the globe flying again, but even he acknowledges everything remains up in the air during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Paul Griffiths oversees what now is a much quieter Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates and crucial to East-West travel. The millions that once poured through the airport's concourses are no longer flying as countries around the world enforce lockdowns and travel bans to fight the virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes. 

Though government-owned Emirates plans to restart some flights next week, Griffiths told The Associated Press that the airport has yet to find a workable coronavirus or antibody test to administer on a massive scale to passengers.

"I think the thing is there are a lot of people that are offering conjecture, whether it's 18 months or two years or less or more," Griffiths said in an interview Wednesday. "But the problem is it's all conjecture. The honest answer is no one really knows."

The airport known as DXB saw 86.4 million passengers in 2019, 6 million more than second-place Heathrow Airport in London.

That's down 3% from 2018 when Dubai had 89.1 million passengers.

Sourece : VOA

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