Emirates clears vast majority of Dubai cargo backlog as capacity returns

Photo: Emirates SkyCargo

Emirates SkyCargo has cleared the vast majority of the cargo backlog created as a result of last week’s flash floods, while the latest data shows capacity has returned to previous levels.

In its latest customer update, the Dubai-hubbed cargo carrier said that as well as working its way through most of the backlog it had begun to lift special cargo restrictions.

“Following the adverse weather in Dubai last week, Emirates SkyCargo can confirm that we have now cleared the vast majority of the backlogged cargo and resumed scheduled operations,” the airline said.

“With operations restored, we have lifted some of the restrictions on special cargo and customers are encouraged to reach out to their local Emirates SkyCargo office for the latest updates. We extend our sincere apologies to all customers who have experienced disruptions and thank you for your continued understanding.”

The UAE on Tuesday recorded its heaviest rainfall in 75 years as almost 26cm of rain fell, resulting in the temporary closure of Dubai International (DXB) and the cancellation of around 300 flights on Wednesday alone.

Operations re-started slowly over the following days as water continued to flood areas of the airport and access roads.

Figures from data provider and consultancy Rotate show that on Saturday evening and much of Sunday, Dubai’s air cargo capacity over a 48-hour period was actually up week on week as airlines caught up on service disruption.

However, this has since dipped back into negative territory: the latest Rotate statistics show that capacity (as of 14.20 UK time, April 22) over the last 48 hours is down by around 4% week on week.

There are increases recorded on trade lanes to Europe, North America and Africa but intra-Middle East, Asia Pacific and South America are down on a week ago.

However, 4% down is an improvement on Friday afternoon when capacity was down by around 16% week on week.

Source: Rotate

Source: Rotate

 

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]