Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) reached nearly 1.3 million for the first nine months of the year despite a seasonal contraction in traffic volumes during the third quarter. DWC said it welcomed 21,926 customers during the third quarter, down 81.6 percent mainly due to seasonal fluctuation in traffic during the summer, taking the year to date traffic to 1,270,442, almost double that of the year-earlier period.

The high growth in year to date traffic is the result of the launch of temporary operations by a number of airlines during the 45-day closure of one of the two runways at Dubai International (DXB) in May-April earlier this year. South Asia was the single largest contributor to traffic at DWC during the first nine months of the year with 379,851 customers, closely followed by CIS (313,167) and the GCC (281,184). Other significant contributors include Eastern Europe (127,087) and Western Europe (105,906 customers).

Russia was the top destination country with 294,145 customers, followed by Saudi Arabia (201,138), India (193,900) and Pakistan (107,112 customers). Some of DWC’s top destination cities during the period under review were Moscow (166,412 customers), Jeddah (55,873), and Karachi (39,762).