DWC posts impressive growth in cargo and passenger traffic in the first quarter
May 11, 2015:-Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central registered an impressive growth of 177.3 percent in cargo volumes in the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period in lat year. This growth has catapulted the airport into the world’s 20 busiest international cargo hubs for the first time. This stupendous growth is attributed to the airport’s strategic decision to relocate all dedicated freighters from Dubai International to Al Maktoum International in May last year.
Passenger traffic also continued to grow steadily with 143,374 passengers passing through the airport in the first three months of this year, up 40.4 per cent from the 102,137 passengers recorded in the first quarter for 2014.
The increase in passenger and cargo activity at the airport also boosted aircraft movements, which rose to 10,699 movements in the first quarter of 2015, increasing 7.1 per cent from the 9,965 movements achieved in the same period last year.
“To emerge as one of the top 20 busiest international cargo airports is a tremendous vote of confidence in Al Maktoum International and demonstrates the growing importance of the airport as a vital hub between east and west,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “Similarly we expect the airport to establish itself as a vital gateway to the Middle East and expect the growth in passengers to be sustained over the coming years.”