Emirates SkyCargo start ops at DWC
Today marks the official start of operations with move of Emirates SkyCargo’s entire freighter fleet.
May 6, 2014
Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet is officially operating from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport.
An Emirates B777 freighter from London Heathrow marked the start of operations, carrying a full load of more than 100 tonnes of cargo of vehicles, ship spares, pharmaceuticals, oilfield equipment and an aircraft engine, some of which are for distribution in the U.A.E., while other cargo will be carried onward by Emirates passenger aircraft at Dubai International Airport (DXB) to various markets around Emirates’ network, such as South Africa, China, India and South Korea.
Construction of phase one of the cargo terminal and supporting facilities began in July last year, and has 250 staff on site currently. The newly opened terminal is equipped with start-of-the-art technology and will be able to handle 700 000 tonnes of cargo annually and have 500 staff when phase two, scheduled to be completed by September this year, comes into operation. The terminal has the potential for further expansion to reach 1 million tonnes.