CONSTRUCTION work has started on this project, Emirates SkyCargo’ s latest state-of-the-art cargo terminal and supporting facilities at Dubai World Central (DWC), Al Maktoum International Airport – which is set to become the home of the airline’s freighter operations from May of next year.
In addition to the cargo terminal, various additional facilities and infrastructure will be built, including 46 truck docks and 80 truck parking spaces, 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal.
The project’s first phase is due to be completed in December, following which, the cargo handling system and the interior will be fitted, with the first section to be delivered to Emirates SkyCargo by the beginning of April next year and full completion by mid-September.
Emirates SkyCargo currently operates a freighter fleet of 10 aircraft – eight B777Fs and two B747-400ERFs – all of which will move to Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport.
Dedicated road feeder services between the two airports for connecting cargoes will be introduced to maintain the existing transhipment times between freighters to the passenger fleet and vice versa.
According to Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ divisional senior vice-president of cargo: “The planned move of our freighter operations to DWC is the next step in our overall expansion and growth programme.
“It provides us with a brand new facility for our freighter operations, will increase capacity and enable us to meet our long-term objectives,” he adds.
The new terminal will have an initial expandable capacity to manage 700,000 tonnes of cargo per annum.
It also provides the space for a larger perishables handling area, with a dedicated pharmaceuticals storage area, enabling SkyCargo to expand its cool chain products and services.
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