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6.8 million seats occupied by airlines at UAE airports in November

GACA expects the number of passengers at the country's airports to reach 130 million in 2023. Archival

Airlines operating at the country's airports occupied 6.8 million seats (13.6 million seats in both directions) on international flights departing during November 2023, compared to 6.3 million seats during the same month of 2019, before the pandemic, with a growth rate of about 8%, according to data from OAG, an international provider of airport and airline data. According to data from the corporation, a copy of which was obtained by Emirates Today, the UAE accounts for about 33% of the total scheduled seat capacity in the Middle East as a whole, noting that air carriers at the region's airports recorded about 20.6 million scheduled seats during this November.

The UAE was among the major markets that continued to record strong growth rates, and achieved gains compared to the size of the seat capacity that was operated last October, with a growth rate of about 2.1%. "Four markets extended their gains in November compared to October 2023 levels, including the UAE market," she said.

India ranked among the largest markets for the UAE in the size of seat capacity between the two countries, after the total number of seats on flights reached 1.9 million seats in November, which is higher than pre-pandemic levels in November 2019, by 9.3%, followed by Saudi Arabia with about 1.2 million seats, higher than November 2019 levels by about 13.4%.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said that the UAE has achieved remarkable growth in the aviation sector since the beginning of this year, compared to 2022, as the number of passengers through the country's airports reached about 86.9 million passengers during the first eight months of this year, compared to about 62.34 million passengers during the same period last year, with a growth rate of more than 39%, noting that the UAE national carriers currently operate flights to more than 200 destinations around the world.

GACA expects the number of passengers at the country's airports to reach about 130 million passengers by the end of this year, supported by the active return of tourism, as well as the main international conferences hosted by the country during the last quarter of the year, noting that the increase in passenger numbers confirms the sector's ability to maintain its rising growth levels.