Dubai’s second airport, Dubai World Central (DWC) established itself as a key regional and international freight hub with air cargo volumes totalling 888,714 tonnes in 2015, up 7.7% from 824,933 tonnes recorded during 2014. The growth propelled the airport, which celebrated its fifth year of operations in June 2015, into the list of the world’s 20 busiest freight hubs.
Air cargo volumes for the year totalled 888,714 tonnes, up 7.7% from 824,933 tonnes recorded during 2014. Year on year cargo volumes increased despite a dip in fourth quarter traffic when DWC handled 228,770 tonnes of freight – down 9.9% from 253,932 tonnes recorded during the same quarter in 2014.
DWC welcomed 179,781 passengers in Q4 2015, up 62% from the 110,920 who used the facility during the same period in 2014. Passenger numbers rose thanks to the introduction of flights operated by flydubai from October 2015.
For the full year DWC welcomed 463,236 passengers in 2015, down 45.2% from the 845,046 recorded during 2014. Both cargo and passenger numbers in 2014 were inflated by additional services operated into DWC while Dubai International was reduced to a single runway airport as a result of the runway refurbishment project.
Aircraft movements in Q4 rose 3.1% to 12,052, compared to 11,687 movements during the same period last year. Full year aircraft movements reached 42,055, down 11.8% from 47,655 movements recorded in 2014 – again due to the one-off spike in activity created by the runway project at DXB.