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DWC passenger growth exceeds 35% in the first half of 2017
August 2, 2017 Passengers number at Dubai World Central (DWC) grew by more than 35% in the first half of the year, according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. DWC welcomed 554,993 passengers in the first half of 2017 compared to 410,278 passengers during the first six months last year, a growth of 35.3%. The first half numbers were boosted by consistent growth in the second quarter during which passenger traffic totaled 221,213, up 45.1% compared to 152,465 during the same period in 2016. The top regions for DWC in terms of passenger volumes during the first half were Eastern Europe (207,798 passengers), the GCC (170,424), Western Europe (61,459) and the Indian subcontinent (55,785 passengers). Flight movements during the first half totaled 18,371, down 11.1% compared to 20,656 flight movements recorded during the corresponding period in 2016. The average passenger per flight during the first half was 121, up 34.4% compared to 90 during the first six months of 2016. Freight volumes at DWC totaled 443,835 tonnes during the first half compared to 430,132 tonnes recorded in the first six months of 2016, an increase of 3.2%. (source: