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Construction of Emirates' cargo terminal in Dubai on track

Construction of Emirates SkyCargo’s new terminal at Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport is progressing as scheduled.

Phase one of the construction is on track for completion in December.

This will be followed by the installation of the cargo handling system and the fitment of the interior by April 2014 and full completion by mid-September 2014. The terminal will be equipped to handle 700,000 tonnes of cargo and can be further expanded by an additional 300,000 tonnes in the second phase.

“Dubai World Central, including the several specialized districts and Al Maktoum International Airport, provide a genuinely conducive environment for major regional and global airlines and air cargo companies to accelerate their growth strategies and consolidate their market position,” Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said. “With DWC set to become the home of Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter operations from next year, the company can expect to benefit significantly from the state-of-the-art infrastructure and unique strategic advantages offered by DWC.”

The cargo terminal will feature a fully-automated ULD handling and storage system, offices, workstation areas and building service facilities. The infrastructure will also include 46 truck docks and 80 truck parking spaces, in addition to 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal.

“The development of our new freighter cargo terminal is progressing well,” Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, said. “Once complete, it will be a modern and efficient cargo facility that can be expanded to meet our future growth requirements. The relocation of our freighter fleet to Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport is an investment in our future, as the logistics and cargo development at the airport is set to become a major global cargo hub once complete, with world-class facilities and infrastructure.”