DLC gears up to woo carriers

Dubai Logistics City, the cargo complex for the new Dubai World Central airport, is gearing up to make its pitch to freighter operators, and to this end is currently “refi ning its value proposition” and starting to make contacts, accordingto its CEO Michael Proffitt. The timing of any pitches is a critical factor, as DLC […]


Dubai Logistics City, the cargo complex for the new Dubai World Central airport, is gearing up to make its pitch to freighter operators, and to this end is currently “refi ning its value proposition” and starting to make contacts, accordingto its CEO Michael Proffitt.

The timing of any pitches is a critical factor, as DLC does not want to get carriers excited too far ahead of the actual airport opening, which is expected to be sometime in the middle of 2008. That is when the airport’s fi rst runway will be ready for use. Construction is expected to fi nish by early 2008, but some monthswill then be required for testing.

The airport’s fi rst handling terminal, dubbed FreightGate7 and to be operated by Dnata, also has to be completed before cargo fl ights can start. This will initially have a capacity of 200,000 tonnes on a 38,000 square metre site. Later, when the terminal is fully automated, it will be capable of handling600,000 tonnes.

Initial customers for the airport are likely to be independent cargo operators. One carrier that has already confi rmed that it plans to base itself at the new airport as soon as it opens is Liwa Air, a Dubai-based all-cargo airline headed by former Etihad boss, Robert Stroedel. Liwa is initially operating with three wetleased TU-204Cs on regional routes, but also plans to get into B747operations.