Dubai World Central or DWC saw its passenger traffic increase by over 95% during the first six months of 2016, according to one report that Dubai Airports released.
During the six months passenger traffic was 410,277 which represented an increase of 95.4% in comparison to the same period one year ago of 209.989.
DWC’s passenger traffic is driven for the most part by flydubai airlines the operators of 35 flights weekly to five different destinations.
In addition, the airline is planning to increase its flights each week out of DWC, according to an upcoming schedule of winter flights.
Currently DWC is serving 17 passenger carriers that are operating 174 flights on average each week to 39 different international destinations. The airport is also home to 34 cargo operators, which have flights to more than 141 destinations around the world.
The big increase in passenger traffic at the airport contributed in a significant way to the number of departures and arrivals, which reached over 18,125 for the first six month of 2016, which was an increase of nearly 5%, in comparison to 17,300 that were recorded during the first six half of 2015.
During the same period, DWC freight volumes reached 432,132 tons, a drop of 2.9% in comparison to the same six-month period in 2015 when 443.010 tons of freight were handled at the airport.
Overall, 17 different passenger carriers operate 175 flights each week to over 39 destinations and another 34 cargo operators fly to more than 140 destinations.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said the airport was pleased with how it has performed during the first six months of 2016 and looks forward to overall growth during the second six months of the year.
Already a top 20 cargo hub in the world, the airport hopes to play a more important role in its passengers operations while it undergoes an expansion phase to help accommodate over 26 million passenger before 2018, said the CEO at DWC.
In 2015, DWC saw a dip of significant proportions in its passenger traffic after a refurbishment of a runway at Dubai International increased its numbers during 2014.
Dubai International or DXB’s passenger traffic reached a record high during the first six months of this year of 40.5 million passengers, according to a report issued this week by Dubai Airports.