Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) witnessed a strong surge in 2016, climbing 84.5 per cent according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports on Tuesday.
Dubai’s second international hub welcomed a total of 850,633 passengers in 2016 compared to 461,063 passengers recorded in 2015. It handled 39.9 per cent more passengers during fourth quarter by welcoming 248,405 passengers compared to 177,608 in the same quarter of 2015.
Passenger traffic growth at DWC is mainly driven by flydubai, which operates on average 41 weekly flights to five destinations from DWC, in addition to its operations at Dubai International’s Terminal 2.
“After having emerged as one of the top 20 international cargo hubs, DWC is now growing steadily in stature as a passenger hub, and we are pleased with the growth in passenger traffic in 2016,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
Saj Ahmad, an analyst at London’s StrategicAero Research, said Dubai World Central’s explosive growth in 2016 underscores the potency and allure of the hub, particularly with customers wanting to fly from a less congested airport.
“It also highlights the desire by passengers to continue using flydubai out of both main Dubai Airports, ahead of that airlines eventual permanent shift to DWC that starts towards the end of the year,” Ahmad told Khaleej Times. More info
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