DWC begins full SkyCargo freighter ops

After months of construction, planning and testing, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet officially started operating from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport from 1 May.


DWC begins full SkyCargo freighter ops


After months of construction, planning and testing, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet officially started operating from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport from 1 May.

The official start of operations was marked by the arrival of an Emirates SkyCargo B777 Freighter from London Heathrow, carrying a full load of more than 100 tonnes of cargo. The load of cargo included vehicles, ship spares, pharmaceuticals, oilfield equipment and an aircraft engine, some of which are for distribution in the UAE, 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.

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 one million tonnes.

“The start of operations at DWC today is a major milestone for Emirates SkyCargo. Our various teams, along with many of our partners and stakeholders, have been working very hard over the past few months to complete phase one of the project. 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,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior VP, Cargo.