Dubai World Central Airport records massive increase in traffic

Posted: 09-Dec-16 09:29

Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) is becoming an increasingly popular option for visitors arriving to the emirate, with a traffic surge of 161 per cent in the third quarter of 2016. According to a report carried out by Dubai Airports, the airport welcomed 191,950 passengers during this period, and a total of 602,228 international arrivals so far this year.

Dubai World Central Airport records massive increase in traffic

Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) is growing to be one of the most popular airports in Dubai, and a new report has revealed that visitor arrivals in the third quarter of 2016 surged by 161 per cent compared to the same period in 2015. A total of 191,950 passengers passed through the airport in quarter three of this year.

According to the recent report by the facility’s operator Dubai Airports, the airport welcomed a total of 602,228 passengers in the first nine months of 2016. This is a 112 per cent increase compared to the 283,455 visitors in the same period in 2015.

Paul Griffiths, the Chief Executive of Dubai Airports, commented:

“We are very happy with the way passenger traffic has been growing at DWC. But this is only the beginning. By the end of next year the airport will see tremendous growth as it becomes the new home for flydubai."

Griffiths added:

“The project to expand the annual capacity of the passenger terminal at DWC from five million to 26 million passengers in underway and on track to be completed by the third quarter of 2017.”

The majority of passengers at DWC are transported by flydubai, a flagship carrier of Dubai. The airline operates 35 flights a week to five destinations from DWC, and it also operates flights out of Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport. Qatar Airways and Wizz Air also operates scheduled passenger flights from DWC. In total, three air carriers offer an average of 140 flights a week to ten international destinations from DWC.

As well as passenger transportation, DWC also serves 32 scheduled cargo operators, and in the third quarter the airport handled 215,556 tonnes of freight. In comparison to the same period last year, numbers were down 1.6 per cent, compared to the 219,131 tonnes recorded in the third quarter of 2015.

Dubai World Central Airport is located south of Dubai City, and the facility opened in June, 2010 initially for cargo transport. In 2013 it opened terminals with capacity for five to seven million passengers.

The emirate’s leading airport, Dubai International (DXB), is also the world’s busiest airport. In 2015, more than 70 million passengers were recorded, and the facility operates flights to 260 international destinations via 140 scheduled airlines. 

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