DWC sees 6.9% cargo fall in Q1

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Dnata cargo operations at Dubai World Central

Cargo volumes at Dubai World Central (DWC) contracted in the first three months of 2016, with the facility handling 198,295 tonnes of freight compared to 213,006 tonnes in the first quarter (Q1) of 2015, down 6.9 per cent.

DWC is now home to 18 scheduled pure cargo operators that fly to as many as 57 destinations around the world.

Aircraft movements totalled 10,631 in Q1 of 2016, a marginal decrease of 0.6 per cent from the 10,699 movements recorded during the corresponding period last year.

Dubai Airport chief executive officer, Paul Griffiths says: “We are very pleased with the growth at DWC and expect the trend to continue. The growth projection is based on two key factors.

“First is the planned move of flydubai’s entire operation to DWC by end of 2017. Second is the sheer convenience of using the facility.”