Air freight traffic at Dubai World Central rose 15.9 per cent during first nine months of the year according to a report issued by operator Dubai Airports. The year to date cargo as at the end of September reached 662,143 tonnes, up 15.9 per cent from 571,001 tonnes recorded during the first nine months of 2014.
Year on year cargo volumes increased despite a dip in volumes during the third quarter when DWC handled 219,131 tonnes of freight, down 15.6 per cent from 259,636 tonnes recorded during same quarter in 2014. Both passenger and cargo traffic at DWC registered contractions in the third quarter due to the impact of increase in activity at the airport resulting from the 90-day closure of runway at Dubai International for a refurbishment project between May and July last year.
DWC welcomed 73,466 passengers during quarter three, a contraction of -52.9 per cent compared to 155,997 recorded during the corresponding period in 2014.The year to date traffic totalled 283,455 passengers, down -61.39 per cent from 734,126 recorded during the first nine months in 2014. Between May and July 2014 when Dubai International was reduced to a single runway airport as a result of the runway refurbishment project, DWC witnessed a triple-digit surge in traffic welcoming 562,823 passengers.