By Staff writer
Flydubai helps drive growth as it shifts operations to Dubai’s second airport
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) rose by 161 percent in the third quarter, boosted by Flydubai’s increasing presence at the city’s second airport.
The Jebel Ali airport received 192,000 passengers during the quarter, compared to the same period a year earlier, with year-to-date passenger figures rising by 112 percent.
The growth figures have been helped by budget carrier Flydubai, which now operates 35 weekly flights to five destinations from the airport.
DWC’s other two main carriers are European budget airline Wizz Air and Qatar Airways, while it also welcomes a number of charter airlines on a seasonal basis.
In a statement, Dubai Airports said that DWC’s freight traffic dropped by 1.6 percent to 215,500 tonnes in the third quarter.
Aircraft movements also dropped by 5 percent.
“We are very happy with the way passenger traffic has been growing at DWC. But this is only the beginning,” Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said, in the statement. “By the end of next year the airport will see tremendous growth as it becomes the new home for flydubai.
“The project to expand the annual capacity of the passenger terminal at DWC from 5 million to 26 million passengers in underway and on track to be completed by the third quarter of 2017.”