ASIAN GROUND HANDLING~ Dnata terminal opens, after delays

With the opening of its FreightGate 5 terminal in March, Dubai monopoly handler Dnata Cargo fi nally has some room to breathe, with pressure being relieved on the long-suffering original Dubai Cargo Village facility, now knownas FreightGate 1. Formerly known as the third phase of the Freezone Logistics Centre, FreightGate 5 is a fully-automated terminal […]


With the opening of its FreightGate 5 terminal in March, Dubai monopoly handler Dnata Cargo fi nally has some room to breathe, with pressure being relieved on the long-suffering original Dubai Cargo Village facility, now knownas FreightGate 1.

Formerly known as the third phase of the Freezone Logistics Centre, FreightGate 5 is a fully-automated terminal capable of handling 350,000 tonnes of cargo, situated on the opposite side of the runways from theoriginal Dubai Cargo Village.

It opened a little behind schedule– it was originally due to be operationalin February, but in fact was fi nally readyon 11 May, after some last minutebuilding delays – but Dnata has actedswiftly since to re-organise its handlingbusiness to make best use of the newcapacity.

Jean-Pierre de Pauw, the handler’s senior vice president cargo, reports that as planned, carriers with both passenger and freighter services via Dubai– including all the major Asian airlines– have been moved to the new facility,where they will be close to the freighterparking positions. The terminal is alsohandling the cargo operations of thepassenger carriers serving Dubai’s passengerterminal two, which is adjacentto FreightGate 5 on the north side ofthe airport.

That leaves FreightGate 1 handling the pure belly cargo operators, and splits the bulk of Dnata Cargo’s 535,000 tonnes of annual freight volumes about equally between the two facilities. The handler also continues to operate FreightGates 3 and 4 on the north side of the airport – the two original phases of the Freezone Logistics Centre, which offer a basic low-cost handling solutionfor all-cargo airlines.