Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo moves GCC hub to DWC
Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport will be Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo’s new Middle East Freighter hub, the airline announced this week.
In a released statement, the airline’s senior vice-president sales and distribution, Mattijs ten Brink, was quoted as saying: “On request of many of our customers, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo will start operating 14 weekly freighter flights to and from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) as from August 1.
“With this development, we will be the first and biggest scheduled cargo carrier in DWC. We are already using DWC as a transfer station for some of our Far East freighter routes and it will now become our main hub in the Middle-East, connecting flights between Europe, Asia, Africa, India and our freighter stations Muscat, Doha, Bahrain, Dammam and Kuwait in the Middle East. With this move we can offer our world-wide customers more main deck frequencies and a wider coverage,” he added.
Ten Brink also revealed that KLM Cargo wanted to position itself closer to Etihad Airway’s home base of Abu Dhabi, to further develop the ongoing partnership between the two airlines. He added, however, that passenger operations would remain at Dubai International. “Dubai International Airport (DXB) will remain the airport for all our passenger flights. Since our handling agent at both airports is dnata, we will be able to ensure smooth transfers between DXB and DWC.”
Once completed, DWC is expected to have the capacity to handle 12 million tonnes of cargo annually.