Thanks to its many customer benefits, over 550,000 passengers used Dubai World Central (DWC) in the first half of 2017 – a growth of 35% compared to the same period last year.
DWC welcomed 554,993 passengers in the first six months of the year compared to 410,278 passengers during the first half of 2016. The H1 numbers were boosted by consistent growth in the second quarter during which passenger traffic totalled 221,213, up 45.1% compared to 152,465 during the same period in 2016.
The top regions for DWC in terms of passenger volumes during the first half were Eastern Europe (207,798 passengers), the GCC (170,424), Western Europe (61,549) and the Indian subcontinent (55,785 passengers).
Flight movements during the first half totalled 18,371, down 11.1% compared to 20,656 flight movements recorded during the corresponding period in 2016. The average passenger per flight movement during the first half was 121, up 34.3% compared to 90 during the first six months of 2016.
Freight volumes at DWC totalled 443,835 tonnes during the first half compared to 430,132 tonnes recorded in the first six months of 2016, an increase of 3.2%.
“Overall DWC performed well in the first half of the year with both scheduled and chartered carriers contributing to traffic volumes at the airport. DWC continuing growth as an important travel and logistics hub is driven by advantages the facility offers to both airlines and passengers – from easy availability of slots to quick turn-around times, access to new catchment area, and quick transit times for passengers,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
DWC is currently served by eight passenger carriers, operating an average of 95 flights weekly to 14 international destinations and is home to 26 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 70 destinations around the world. DWC is undergoing a major expansion that will see its annual capacity increase from the existing 5 million passengers to 26 million passengers.