Emirates SkyCargo set for DWC operations
Dubai, April 3, 2014
Emirates SkyCargo is well on track to launch its operations from Dubai World Central (DWC), the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis, starting from May 1.
With the conclusion of the first construction phase Emirates SkyCargo is currently testing the facilities and trucking operations between DWC and Dubai International Airport.
Initially operations will start with 250 staff, which will be increased to 500 staff upon full operation of the entire terminal, said the company in a statement.
As of today the cross docks and perishables areas have been fully completed and mark a critical milestone in the start of operations scheduled for 1 May. The cargo handling system and interiors are due to be finalized shortly and are also well on schedule.
With the first phase of the building being finished, all 12 freighters will start operating from the new cargo terminal, said a senior official.
"The move of our freighter operations to DWC provides us with the opportunity to have a dedicated facility for our freighters with the required infrastructure, space and the opportunity to further expand and meet our customers’ needs," remarked Dave Gould, the senior VP (Cargo Operations World-Wide).
"The new terminal and facilities is a key part of our growth plans. With almost two million tonnes of cargo being processed per year at Dubai International Airport, the new facility enables us to increase our capacity addressing SkyCargo’s long term requirements," he added.
Upon full completion, the terminal will be equipped to handle 700,000 tonnes per year, with the potential for further expansion to reach 1 million tonnes.-TradeArabia News Service