New traffic report issued by Dubai Airports has revealed that passenger numbers at Dubai World Central (DWC) has increased by 35.3% in the first half of 2017.

Dubai Airports is the owner and operator of DWC and Dubai International Airport (DXB).

DWC handled 554,993 passengers in the first six months of this year, compared to 410,278 passengers during the same period in 2016.

The growth in passenger traffic was bolstered by a consistent rise in the second quarter of 2017.

During this period, the airport welcomed a total of 221,213 passengers, registering a rise of 45.1% compared to the 152,465 passengers handled during the second quarter last year.

"Overall DWC performed well in the first half of the year, with both scheduled and chartered carriers contributing to traffic volumes at the airport."

In terms of passenger volumes, the major regions during the first half of this year were Eastern Europe (207,798), the Gulf Cooperation Council (170,424), Western Europe (61,459) and the Indian subcontinent (55,785).

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said: “Overall DWC performed well in the first half of the year, with both scheduled and chartered carriers contributing to traffic volumes at the airport.

“DWC’s continuing growth as an important travel and logistics hub is driven by advantages the facility offers to both airlines and passengers – from easy availability of slots to quick turn-around times, access to new catchment area, and quick transit times for passengers.”

However, flight movements during the period totalled 18,371, compared to 20,656 flight movements registered in the same period last year, thereby posting a fall of 11.1%.

During the first half of the year, cargo volumes handled at the airport recorded a growth of 3.2%, reaching 443,835t compared to the 430,132t registered in the same period last year.

Passenger numbers at DXB also reached more than 43 million, showing a 6.3% growth in traffic.