Dubai World Central handled 430,132 tonnes of freight in the first half of 2016 – a fall of 2.9 per cent compared to the first half of 2015 when the airport handled 443,011 tonnes of freight.
Dubai’ second gateway is the main cargo hub for the Emirate and is home to 34 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 141 destinations around the world.
The airport saw a surge in the six months in passenger traffic of 95 per cent, driven by flydubai, which boosted bellyhold traffic and is set to drive this in the future as it looks to grow passenger numbers further.
Dubai Airports chief executive officer, Paul Griffiths says: “We are very pleased with the way DWC has performed in the first half and look forward to all round growth during the remainder of the year.
“Already one of the world’s top 20 international cargo hubs, we hope to see DWC play an increasingly important role for passenger operations as it undergoes expansion to accommodate 26 million passengers by 2018.”