Citing increased bombing risk, TSA mandates additional security on Middle East airfreight

Citing the increased threat of a bomb being smuggled on board an aircraft bound for the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo, effective Monday morning. Until further notice, all cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in five countries […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 22, 2018

Amazon launches ‘Global Market Place’ in UAE through Souq.com acquisition

Earlier this year, an e-commerce arms race in one of the Middle East’s most lucrative markets pitted United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based property holding company Emaar against Amazon, in a competition for the region’s largest online retailer, Souq.com. Hundreds of millions of dollars later, Amazon won, and yesterday, Souq.com announced the launch of “Amazon Global Store” […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 12, 2017

Dubai International continues single digit cargo growth into July

Dubai International (DXB) continues its rollercoaster of single digit monthly cargo growth into July, gaining 5 percent year over year to pull the seven-month average up slightly to 2.1 percent. DXB recorded an increase in cargo over July, with freight volumes rising year-over-year to 213,258 tonnes. During the first seven months of 2017, DXB handled […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 22, 2017

Amazon to acquire Souq.com despite Emaar’s last-minute bid

Amazon and Emaar Malls stared each other down in the Middle East e-commerce spotlight, and Emaar just blinked. A last-minute ante of US$230 million by United Arab Emirates-based Emaar failed to derail plans by Amazon to acquire Souq.com, an e-commerce leader in the Middle East. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant announced today that the acquisition was […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 28, 2017

Two routes become four in IAG Cargo’s Middle East expansion

Citing a growing economy in the Gulf region and an expected surge in traffic to Qatar for the coming World Cup football tournament in 2022, IAG Cargo said it plans to split two of its current routes to the Middle East region into four separate services. This year, IAG Cargo said it will split its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 13, 2016

In Control: Dubai’s double vision comes into focus

For the last couple of years, it’s been a bit difficult to tell exactly how big Dubai World Central (DWC) had grown organically or how much Dubai International (DXB) had been dimin­ished as the United Arab Emirates required carriers to move their cargo capacity from DXB to the newly-built DWC. The shift began in May […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 26, 2015

After rough July, IATA expects second-half improvements

In spite of disappointing airfreight figures for July, IATA said it is sticking with its view that “economic growth and trade will improve in the second half of the year,” providing a boost to air cargo volumes. That said, given recent declines in airfreight, there needs to be a significant shift in the second half […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 8, 2015

Etihad Airways Q3 revenues, cargo volumes rise

Total cargo tonnage for Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways rose 9 percent, year-over-year, in the third quarter of this year, which helped boost overall revenues at the United Arab Emirates flag-carrier by 29 percent. The carrier’s Etihad Cargo subsidiary shipped a total of 144,498 tonnes in Q3, bringing in revenue of $USD284 million, a 16 percent […]
  • October 15, 2014

Dnata to break ground on DWC cargo terminal in 2015

Aviation services firm dnata, owned by the Emirates Group, will begin construction on a massive new cargo terminal at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) in the second quarter of 2015, according to a report from Gulf News.   In the report, dnata UAE Airport Operations Senior Vice President Jon Conway was quoted […]
  • October 11, 2014