Cargo volumes in 2014 surge at Dubai World Central

Freight volumes at Dubai's Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) reached record levels in 2014 according to the year-end traffic report released by operator Dubai Airports.

CEO Paul Griffiths of Dubai Airports.
CEO Paul Griffiths of Dubai Airports.

Freight volumes at DWC surged 262.5 percent to 758,371 tonnes in 2014 compared to 209,209 tonnes in 2013. The airport registered robust growth in the fourth quarter with cargo volumes reaching 238,520 tonnes, up 278.4 percent compared to 63,028 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2013.

In a statement, Dubai Airports pointed out that the large cargo volumes at DWC were due to the shift of all full freighter operations from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to DWC by May 2014.

“It was a very important year for Al Maktoum International as it played a critical role during the runway refurbishment programme at Dubai International by accommodating a substantial volume of passenger traffic that was diverted from the main hub during the course of the project,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports

He added that: "the scale of DWC’s operations and the significance of its role will continue to grow in 2015, particularly as Dubai’s main hub for pure cargo operators, as airlines take advantage of the airport’s facilities, road feeder service to DXB and bonded link to the Jebel Ali port.” 

Nol van Fenema

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