Emirates, Air France-KLM to bolster DWC cargo traffic

Emirates SkyCargo has confirmed that all dedicated freight flights will be operated from its new base at DWC when it opens in May 2014 while Air France-KLM will relocate its regional hub to the airport from August this year.


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The introduction of daily flights by Emirates SkyCargo and Air France-KLM over the next 12 months is expected to contribute to the continuing growth at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International.

Emirates SkyCargo has confirmed that all dedicated freight flights will be operated from its new base at DWC when it opens in May 2014 while Air France-KLM will relocate its regional hub to the airport from August this year.

At the same time DWC will open for passenger traffic from October 27 this year when low-cost carriers Wizz Air and nasair begin flights from the airport. The airport’s passenger terminal is able to accommodate seven million passengers a year.

During the first six months of 2013, air movements rose 37 per cent to 10,237, up from 7,474 movements in the first half of 2012. For the second quarter of 2013 air movements rose 35.4 per cent to 6,133, up from 3,961 in the three months to June 2012. The jump in air movements was driven by a surge in general aviation and training flights since the start of the year.

Recent fluctuations in charter traffic have seen freight volumes at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International dip in the first six months of 2013.