The head of Dubai Airports said today that the passenger terminal at Dubai World Central airport could start commercial operations next year.
“Operational trails for DWC’s passenger terminal are set to start during the second quarter of this year and we could see commercial passenger operations commence in 2013,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports.
Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation and development of both of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International as well as Dubai World Central.
Commenting on the growth of DWC’s cargo operations, which began in June 2010, Griffiths said the airport handled almost 90 million tonnes of freight during its first full calendar year of operations. DWC’s average monthly air cargo volumes in 2011 totalled 7,477 tonnes compared to 795 tonnes per month recorded during the airport’s first half year of operations in 2010. Cargo transit traffic comprised 32,989 tonnes or 37% of volume.
“Although the airport is in its infancy, incremental cargo traffic growth has been steady and continues to ramp up as new operations are launched,” Griffiths said.
He pointed out that DWC will play a key role in providing the capacity needed to accommodate projected growth in Dubai’s aviation sector.
“By 2015, cargo volumes will top three million tonnes, exceeding the current capacity of Dubai International. We expect a good proportion of that growth to spill over to Dubai World Central. As for passenger operations, Dubai International will continue to serve as the primary focus of expansion and we will be investing $7.8bn to boost capacity to 90 million passengers by 2018.”