Passenger Traffic increases most from Russia and CIS countries.
Cargo traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) grew 8.9% during the first quarter of 2018, according to a report issued by operator Dubai Airports.
DWC handled a total of 229,831 tonnes of freight between January and March 2018, an increase of 8.9% compared to 211,144 tonnes during the corresponding period in 2017.
During the first three months of 2018, passenger traffic at DWC totalled 334,455 a growth of 0.2% compared to 333,780 passengers recorded during same time frame in 2017. The most significant increase in figures came from the CIS (191,026 passengers / +217% year on year) predominantly due to the increase in Russian charter aircraft operating to the airport following the waiver of visa requirements for Russian travelers to the UAE.
Eastern Europe was the second largest contributor to the traffic at DWC with 60,592, followed by the Middle East (23,404 passengers). During the first quarter, some of the top destination cities for passenger volumes were Moscow (36,560 passengers), UFA airport, Tatarstan (16,717 passengers), and Kazan airport, Bashkortostan (16,897 pax).
A total of fifteen passenger carriers operate an average of 153 flights weekly to more than 30 international destinations across 10 countries from DWC in Q1, which is also home to 20 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 68 destinations around the world. (Source: Dubai Airports).