By Sarah Townsend
Dubai's second airport says it saw 257,813 passengers during the first three months of the year
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) surged 79.8 percent in the first quarter of 2016 but cargo volumes were down, Dubai Airports said on Thursday.
Dubai’s newest airport counted 257,813 passengers during the first three months of the year, a sharp increase from 143,374 during the same period of 2015.
Dubai Airports attributed the steep rise in passenger numbers to strong demand on routes served by major carriers including Qatar Airways and flydubai, among others, and increased flight frequencies in 2016.
The airport is served by 16 passenger carriers operating around 190 flights a week to 25 destinations, according to Dubai Airports.
Its quarterly traffic report added that cargo volumes at DWC shrunk in the first three months of 2016, with the facility handling 198,295 tonnes of freight compared to 213,006 tonnes in the first quarter of 2015 – a 6.9 percent drop.
Eighteen pure cargo operators fly to 57 destinations around the world from DWC, it said.
Meanwhile, aircraft movements totalled 10,631 in the first quarter of 2016, a marginal decrease of 0.6 percent from 10,699 movements the previous year.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “We are very pleased with the growth at DWC and expect the trend to continue...based on two key factors.
“First is the planned move of flydubai’s entire operation to DWC by the end of 2017.
“Second is the sheer convenience of using the facility. It takes only minutes for passengers to get from kerb to gate and the arrivals process is similarly efficient.
“Customers who use DWC once, usually come back.”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.