CIS region tops Dubai World Central passenger traffic in 2018

This is followed by Western and Eastern Europe

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 4, 2019

Dubai World Central (DWC) received a total of 900,000 passengers in 2018, a slight decline of 0.5 per cent.

The CIS region topped in terms of passenger arrivals at 408,747, growing by 44.4 per cent. This is followed by Western Europe at 196,355 passengers, a growth of 108 per cent; and Eastern Europe at 186,655 passengers, a growth of 3.7 per cent, Dubai Airports said in a statement on Sunday.

Russia was the top country destination, with customer traffic reaching 405,976, followed by Germany (169,307) and Lebanon (55,103 customers).

Some of the top destination cities during the year were Moscow (121,049 passengers), Beirut (55,103 passengers) and Katowice (43,906 passengers).

The passenger traffic increased in the second half of 2018, thanks to the launch of new services from scheduled and charter carriers.

A statement issued by DWC said that it is gearing up for a major surge in activity in the second quarter of 2019, when the Southern Runway Refurbishment project will be underway at Dubai International (DXB).

The closure of DXB's Southern runway from April 16 to May 30, 2019, will reduce the airport's capacity, making DWC an attractive alternate to absorb affected scheduled, charter, cargo and general aviation operations. The 45-day period will be a great opportunity for the emerging airport to showcase its newly expanded facilities that can now accommodate up to 26.5 million passengers annually.

DWC is currently served by 10 passenger airlines which operate an average of 21 weekly flights to seven international destinations. It is also home to 20 cargo operators that fly to 45 global cities.

In 2018, a total of 29,959 flights took off or landed at DWC during 2018, a drop of 12.4 per cent year on year.

DWC moved a total of 258,375 tonnes of freight in Q4, bringing the total cargo volume for the year to 987,986 tonnes, up 1.6 per cent.