By Yasmin Al Heialy
Operator is negotiating discounts with new airlines to incentivise them to use Dubai’s second airport
Dubai Airports is offering “customised” packages to push airlines to use Dubai’s second airport, Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central (DWC), as passenger traffic at the facility rose by 80 percent in the first quarter.
“We offer airlines a number of incentives to operate into DWC,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, told Arabian Business.
“Apart from the fact that the aeronautical charges at DWC are lower than at DXB, we also negotiate further discounts with targeted airlines.”
The growth in passenger traffic in the first quarter was attributed to increased frequencies and growing demand on routes operated by Flydubai and Qatar Airways. The airport is currently served by 16 passenger carriers who operate over 190 flights weekly to 25 international destinations.
Flydubai is expected to move its full operations over to DWC by the end of next year.
“The package is customised based on the number of flights that the airline will be operating,” Griffiths said. “Many thousands of passengers have experienced the uncrowded, uncluttered and convenient environment provided by our facilities at DWC.”
Dubai World Central welcomed 257,813 passengers during the first three months of the year, up from 143,374 in the same period a year earlier.
DWC currently has capacity to handle over 5 million passengers annually and construction work is under way to expand the passenger terminal building to accommodate 26 million passengers by 2018.
The airport is planned to be the world’s biggest when fully opened, with a projected capacity of up to 250 million passengers.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Mr Griffiths, yes uncrowded, yet, very far away and archaic
transfer from aircraft to terminal via a packed bus.
How do you plan to handle millions of passengers using buses ?