Traveler and cargo traffic at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central (DWC) recorded progress in the second quarter of 2014 following the provisional shift of an approximated 600 flights each week from Dubai International during a major runway development project that completed on July 20th and the permanent repositioning of all cargo freighter operations.
Between April and June, the DWC recorded 475,992 passengers, a sharp increase from 102,137 travelers that used the facility in the first quarter 2014.
Freight numbers also increased by triple-digits in the second quarter, recording 199,751 tonnes, up 308% from the 48,955 tonnes recorded during the corresponding period in 2013. The year to date freight volumes achieved 276,567 tonnes, up 168.7% from 102,929 tonnes recorded during the first half of 2013.
Boosted by the amplified activity, aircraft movements also mounted sharply in the second quarter of 2014 to 13,697 movements, up 123% from the 6,133 movements in the relating period of 2013. The year to date flight movements arrived at 23,662, compared to 10,237 during the first half of 2013, an upsurge of 131.1%.
The CEO of Dubai Airports stated that they were specifically satisfied with the airport’s capability to efficiently understand the rush in traffic and make impression travelers with its quick, expediency, good organization and competence. As the development in cargo will continue at DWC, they expect traveler traffic to return to Q1 levels in the next quarter as all temporary operations have already returned to Dubai International.