At Arabian Travel Market 2023, Timothy Clark, President of Emirates Airline, gave a speech to attendees in the tourism industry. Clark, along with famous aviation analyst John Strickland, spoke on the Global Stage about the prospects and problems facing the airline industry in light of the recent uptick in passenger numbers.
Clark, when asked about Emirates’s performance after the epidemic, said, “We used the time during the pandemic to carefully organize our resources and devise a solid plan which allowed us to kick-start as soon as skies opened again.” There was no way to relax after 30 years of running the largest airline in the world and one of the flagship carriers of the UAE.
Five million tourists visited Dubai in the last quarter, an all-time high that far surpasses figures seen before the 2009 pandemic. In the next five to ten years, Clark predicts that demand will remain at historically high levels, particularly in the leisure and hospitality industries.