According a report released by operator Dubai Airports, Dubai World Central’s (DWC) traffic reached over 900,000 passengers in 2017. The growth of in the number of passengers, which rose by 6.4% over the estimated 851,000 recorded in 2016, has been attributed to changes in UAE visa regulations that offers passengers arriving from Russia visa on arrival.
Dubai Airports’ report also noted that the annual figures were bolstered by a surge in traffic on Eastern European routes, which experienced a spike of 168% and resulting in 452,631 passengers in 2017.
Passengers from Russia contributed the largest group to traffic from Eastern Europe, growing by 955.4% and totalling 279,100 passengers during the same period.
In terms of air freight, Dubai Airports’ report noted that DWC experienced a growth of 8.3% to reach 972,295 tonnes during 2017, a significant rise over the 897,998 tonnes reported the year before. Additionally, the airport saw growth in cargo volumes that hit 267,560 tonnes, an increase of 6% over the 252,300 tonnes recorded last year.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, commented: “DWC’s performance this year was very satisfying both in terms of passenger numbers as well as cargo volumes. The airport is gaining popularity among airlines operating point to point routes, thanks to the unique advantages of convenience, quick turnaround times, and cost efficiency that DWC offers to carriers and passengers.
“DWC will have much more to offer to our airline partners and customers in 2018 as the project to expand the capacity of the passenger terminal building from 5 million to 26 million passengers per annum is nearing completion,” added Griffiths.