The number of passengers from Russia and the surrounding countries using Dubai World Central increased by 217 percent during the first quarter of this year.
The latest figures from Dubai Airports showed that passenger traffic from the Commonwealth of Independent State grew to 191,026 when compared to the same quarter last year, which the airport said was due to the increase in Russian charter aircraft operating to the airport following the waiver of visa requirements for Russian travellers to the UAE.
Overall passenger traffic at the airport showed a marginal 0.2 percent growth in the first three months, reaching 334,455.
Eastern Europe was the second largest contributor to the traffic at DWC with 60,592, followed by the Middle East (23,404).
During the first quarter, some of the top destination cities for passenger volumes were Moscow (36,560), Tatarstan (16,717), and Bashkortostan (16,897).
A total of fifteen-passenger carriers operate an average of 153 flights weekly to more than 30 international destinations across 10 countries from DWC in Q1, which is also home to 20 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 68 destinations around the world.
Cargo traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) grew 8.9% during the first quarter, handling a total of 229,831 tonnes of freight between January and March 2018.