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Dubai World Central (DWC) passenger traffic surged 26.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, propelled by an increase in flights and seat capacity.

DWC welcomed 119,000 passengers during the period bringing the total number welcomed this year to 637,176, down 1.9 per cent on the same period last year.

The top regions contributing to customer numbers at DWC included Western Europe (40,349 passengers) and Eastern Europe (38,740 passengers). Some of the top destination cities during the third quarter were Beirut (20,566 passengers), Amman (16,216 passengers), and Katowice (10,247 passengers), a statement said.

Flight movements during Q3 totalled 5,742 (down 11.7 per cent) while a total of 21,811 flights have taken-off or landed at DWC so far this year, a decrease of 12.1 per cent.

In Q3 a total of 254,421 tonnes of air freight moved through DWC, a fall of 2.5 per cent, bringing the year to date cargo tonnage to 729,611, up by 3.5 per cent.

DWC is the world’s 22nd busiest hub by international freight volume according to the Airports Council International (ACI).

Dubai Airports said the outlook for passenger traffic at DWC in Q4 is positive thanks to the seasonal rush of tourists typically seen during the winter months, as well as the launch of new services from scheduled and charter carriers.

Also contributing to the positive outlook is the recent launch of daily scheduled flights to Moscow by Aeroflot while Pegas Fly (Ikar Airlines) commenced charter services from multiple destinations in Russia.

The number of international passenger airlines serving DWC has increased to 10. The airlines operate an average of 21 weekly flights to six international destinations. DWC is also home to 20 cargo operators that fly to as many as 45 destinations around the world.

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