DWC records strong passenger, freight traffic growth
Dubai, April 30, 2014
Dubai World Central (DWC), the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis, has registered strong passenger and freight traffic growth in the first quarter of 2014.
The passenger and freight volumes at Al Maktoum International at DWC continued to grow strongly as more airlines commenced operations at Dubai’s second airport.
Since the opening of the new passenger terminal on October 27 last year, passenger volumes at DWC gained momentum, with 102,137 passengers passing through the airport in the first three months of the year. This was the first full quarter of operations since the new terminal was opened, said a statement from Dubai Airports, which owns and manages the operation
of Al Maktoum International.
In March this year Qatar Airways joined Wizz Air, Al Jazeera Airways and Gulf Air which already operate flights from Dubai’s second airport, offering twice daily flights to Doha from DWC.
The growth trend is expected to escalate in the second quarter with more than 600 flights per week temporarily moving over from Dubai International – where both runways will be refurbished and upgraded between May 1 and July 20, 2014, it stated.
Among the airlines is flydubai, which will operate a select number of flights from DWC in addition to flights from Dubai International’s Terminal 2.
Freight volumes also rose, recording 76,816 tonnes in the first three months of the year, up 42.3 per cent from the 53,974 tonnes achieved during the first quarter of 2013, said the statement.
The volumes were boosted by the introduction of several new scheduled freighter services with Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Cargolux all moving their dedicated freighter flights to DWC since the end of last year. This has increased weekly scheduled freighter flights to more than 60.
This growth trend is expected to be maintained, with Emirates SkyCargo joining the move to DWC in May when it moves all dedicated freighters to the airport.
As a result of the increased activity, aircraft movements climbed sharply in the first quarter of 2014 to 9,965 movements, up 142.8 per cent from the 4,104 movements in the first three months of 2013.
Commenting on the performance, Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports, said: "It was a gratifying quarter of growth for DWC. Passengers appreciate the simplicity of using the new passenger terminal which allows them to quickly move from kerbside to the gate."
"The airport will also play a vital role in the runway upgrades at Dubai International, with a number of passenger airlines relocating to DWC for the duration of the works," he added.-TradeArabia News Service