Emirates SkyCargo inaugurates new terminal at DWC

Emirates SkyCargo offi cially opened the fi rst phase of its state-of-the-art cargo terminal at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) on 10 November as it announced its ambition to move 12 million tonnes of cargo per year by 2050. Donald Urquhart reports from Dubai.

Emirates-SkyCentral-2Located in the Logistics District in Dubai South, the new terminal dubbed Emirates SkyCentral, is the home of SkyCargo’s fleet of 15 freighters and was necessitated by the shift of SkyCargo’s maindeck fleet out of increasingly congested Dubai International Airport (DXB) in May of last year to the new DWC airport.

The new facility, currently handling 810,000 tonnes of cargo annually has the capacity – with added equipment – to handle 1 million tonnes before Emirates will need to build more infrastructure.

This facility, located near Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone and nearly 7,000 manufacturers, consists of 85 per cent transit cargo alongside 15 per cent import/ export cargo.

With an ambition of handling 12 million tonnes of cargo per year by 2050, the carrier – already the world’s largest cargo carrier, uplifting nearly 2.3 million tonnes of cargo per annum – said it will develop further capacity in stages.

Speaking to cargo media prior to the official opening by chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior VP, cargo said: “We will continue to expand this facility, at the moment it can handle roughly about 800,000 tonnes, in the second phase we will be able to grow this facility to a million tonnes and then of course we are already working on a second and third phase. ”