Emirates SkyCargo has begun operations from its new cargo terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central today.
The official start of operations was marked by the arrival of an Emirates Boeing 777 freighter from London Heathrow.
Construction of the first phase of the cargo terminal and supporting facilities began in July last year. The newly opened terminal will be able to handle 700 000 tons of cargo annually after the second phase of development is completed in September.
“We are very pleased that we have met our timelines and the move has gone according to plan," says Emirates divisional senior vice-president, cargo, Nabil Sultan. “We have also held numerous trials to test the readiness of every aspect of the facility and the movement of cargo between the DWC and Dubai International to ensure a smooth transition and enable us to meet our customers’ expectations."
"This new facility gives us the additional space and capacity required to manage the growth of our cargo business and have a dedicated, modern and efficient hub for our freighter operations, which contribute 35 percent of Emirates SkyCargo’s total revenue,” he adds.
Passenger flight began at the airport, which has handling freight services in 2010, last autumn. Under the long-term developments plans the airport will have five runways and a capacity of 160 million passengers.