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Dubai World Central freight traffic rises 7.7% in 2015

Tis Meyer /

Air freight traffic at Dubai’s second airport, Dubai World Central (DWC) rose 7.7% during 2015 according to the year-end traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

Air cargo volumes for the year totaled 888,714 tons, up 7.7% from 824,933 tons recorded during 2014. Year on year cargo volumes increased despite a dip in fourth quarter traffic when DWC handled 228,770 tons of freight down 9.9% from 253,932 tons recorded during same quarter in 2014.

DWC welcomed 179,781 passengers in Q4, up 62% from the 110,920 who used the facility during the same period in 2014. 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 in 2014. 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.

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