DWC posts air freight growth for 2015 despite Q4 dip
Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second airport, located in Dubai South, reported an air freight traffic increase of 7.7 percent for 2015, despite a fourth quarter slump.
According to the year-end traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports, air cargo volumes for the year totalled 888,714 tonnes, up 7.7 percent from 824,933 tonnes recorded during 2014, this despite a dip in fourth quarter traffic when DWC handled 228,770 tonnes of freight down 9.9 percent from 253,932 tonnes recorded during same quarter the previous year.
“DWC is entering an exciting new phase of its development as we expand the facility to prepare for additional operations from flydubai,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, adding that in the five years since its opening, DWC had become the 18th busiest airport in the world for air cargo.
“As passenger services continue to ramp up DWC, it will similarly elevate its status as an attractive option to DXB for passengers,” he said.
DWC welcomed 179,781 passengers in the fourth quarter, up 62 percent from the 110,920 reported during the same period in 2014. Passenger numbers rose due to the introduction of flights operated by flydubai from October 2015.
For the full year, however, DWC welcomed 463,236 passengers, down 45.2 percent from the 845,046 recorded during 2014.
Dubai Airports has said the 2014 cargo and passenger numbers were inflated by additional services operated into DWC the runway refurbishment project at Dubai International, which reduced the airport to just one runway.