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Dubai, UAE – November 7, 2013 – Aircraft
movements rose 46 per cent at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central
(DWC) while fluctuations in charter traffic have seen freight volumes dip 11.3
per cent in the first nine months of 2013.
During the first three quarters of the year aircraft
movements rose 46.3 per cent to 16,923, up from 11,571 movements during the
same period in 2012. For the third quarter of 2013 air movements rose 63 per
cent to 6,686, up from 4,097 in the third quarter of 2012 due to a surge in
general aviation and training flights.
Freight volumes totalled 146,181 tonnes in the first
nine months of the year, down 11.3 per cent from 164,757 tonnes recorded in the
same period in 2012. For the third quarter volumes came in at 43,252 tonnes,
down 26 per cent from 58,423 tonnes handled during the same period in 2012. The
decline comes due to fluctuations in charter operations and as freight volumes
stabilise after the rapid growth seen in the first few years of cargo
operations at the airport. DWC first opened for freight operations in June
“It is not unusual for new airports to see
fluctuations in cargo traffic particularly from charter airlines,” said Paul
Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “However, this volatility will be short-lived
as the level of scheduled freighter traffic is set to increase substantially
Emirates SkyCargo has confirmed that all dedicated
freight flights will be operated from its new base at DWC when it opens in May
2014 while Air France-KLM relocated its regional hub to the airport in August
this year. Dubai Airports is also in discussions with a number of other
airlines about commencing freighter operations at DWC.
Passenger services began on October 27 with the launch
of service by low-cost carrier Wizz Air. Jazeera Airways (two flights per
week), Gulf Air (daily) and, most recently, Qatar Airways (twice daily) have
also confirmed passenger operations.
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