By Staff writer
Emirate's second airport rises up list of world's top cargo hubs to 19th; set to expand passenger services in October
Cargo volumes at Al Maktoum International - Dubai World Central (DWC) continued to rise sharply in the first half of 2015, according to its operator.
Dubai Airports said freight volumes surged 42 percent in the first half of 2015 to 443,012 tonnes, up from the 311,365 tonnes achieved in the same period last year.
The airport continues to rise up the ranks of the top cargo airports worldwide edging into the 19th position up from 20th earlier in the year.
The growth was driven by Dubai Airports’ strategic decision to relocate all dedicated freighters from Dubai International to DWC in May last year.
Passenger traffic for the period totalled 209,989 in the first half of 2015, down 64 percent from the 578,129 passengers recorded in the same period last year due to the surge in volumes created by the temporary relocation of 300 flights per week while the runway refurbishment programme was conducted at Dubai International.
Aircraft movements totalled 20,866 in the first half of 2015, down 17 percent from the 25,184 movements achieved in the same period last year.
“The story is only just beginning for DWC but the early results continue to impress,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
“The airport is quickly emerging as an important cargo hub and with the addition of 70 weekly flydubai flights to 7 new destinations in October we expect the airport to soon establish itself as an important gateway to the Middle East.”
Once flydubai operations commence in October, DWC will offer passengers a total of 190 weekly flights to 17 destinations.