Huge leap in Al Maktoum Int'l freight volumes
Freight volumes at Al Maktoum International Airport jumped 177.3% in the first three months of 2015, according to its operator, Dubai Airports.
The growth in freight volumes to 213,006 tonnes was driven by Dubai Airports’ decision to relocate all dedicated freighters from Dubai International Airport to Al Maktoum in May last year.
This places the airport among the world’s 20 busiest international cargo hubs, Gulf News reports.
“To emerge as one of the top 20 busiest international cargo airports is a tremendous vote of confidence in Al Maktoum International and demonstrates the growing importance of the airport as a vital hub between east and west. Similarly we expect the airport to establish itself as a vital gateway to the Middle East and expect the growth in passengers to be sustained over the coming years,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, in the statement released yesterday.