Freight volumes at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second airport, totalled 443,835 tonnes during the first half of the year compared to 430,132 tonnes recorded in the first six months of 2016, an increase of 3.2 per cent.
“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’s 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 home to 26 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 70 destinations around the world and is the main hub for Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet. DWC is also currently served by eight passenger carriers, operating an average of 95 flights weekly to 14 international destinations and DWC is undergoing a major expansion that will see its annual capacity increase from the existing 5 million passengers to 26 million passengers.
Flight movements during the first half totalled 18,371, down 11.1 per cent compared to 20,656 flight movements recorded during the corresponding period in 2016.