Last year, Dubai World Central (DWC) welcomed a total of 900,000 passengers.
This figure is the result of an impressive rise in customer numbers in Q3 of last year (+26.1 per cent) and a moderate growth in Q4 (+3 per cent), as well as the launch of new services from scheduled and charter carriers.
The top regions contributing to last year’s growth in traffic at DWC included CIS (408,747 passengers) which grew by 44.4 per cent, Western Europe (196,355 passengers) surging 107.9 per cent, and Eastern Europe (186,655 passengers), which grew 3.7 per cent. Russia was the top country destination, with traffic reaching 405,976, followed by Germany (169,307) and Lebanon (55,103).
Last year, top destination cities included Moscow (121,049 passengers), Beirut (55,103 passengers) and Katowice (43,906 passengers).
Looking ahead, DWC is readying itself for a surge in activity in Q2 of 2019, when the Southern Runway Refurbishment project will be underway at Dubai International (DXB). DWC will take over the affected scheduled, charter, cargo and general aviation operations during the 45-day period, allowing it to showcase its state-of-the-art facilities and its ability to accommodate up to 26.5 million passengers annually.
A total of 10 passenger airlines operate from DWC, while the travel hub is also home to 20 cargo operators.