Emirates SkyCargo freighter ops set to move to DWC

Twelve freighters to operate from new cargo terminal from May 1.
SkyCargo's move to a new home is going as planned.
SkyCargo's move to a new home is going as planned.


Emirates SkyCargo is on track for its move to Dubai World Central (DWC) with the first phase of the building being finished.

Starting 1 May, all 12 freighters will operate from the new cargo terminal.

As of today the cross docks and perishables areas have been fully completed and mark a critical milestone in the start of operations scheduled for 1 May. The cargo handling system and interiors are due to be finalized shortly and are also well on schedule.

With the conclusion of the first construction phase Emirates SkyCargo is currently starting to test facilities and trucking operations between DWC and Dubai International Airport. Initially operations will start with 250 staff, which will be increased to 500 staff upon full operation of the entire terminal.

“The move of our freighter operations to DWC provides us with the opportunity to have a dedicated facility for our freighters with the required infrastructure, space and the opportunity to further expand and meet our customers’ needs,” said Dave Gould, senior vice president, cargo operations, worldwide.

"The new terminal and facilities is a key part of our growth plans. With almost two million tonnes of cargo being processed per year at Dubai International Airport, the new facility enables us to increase our capacity addressing SkyCargo’s long term requirements

“During all these expansive changes, the customer remains at the core of our activities. We are committed to providing a smooth and seamless service. The freighters will be handled exclusively from DWC while passenger fleet belly cargo operations will continue to operate from Dubai International Airport with the service quality remaining at its well-known high standard,” Gould continued.

Upon full completion, the terminal will be equipped to handle 700,000 tonnes per year, with the potential for further expansion to reach 1 million tonnes. The new Emirates SkyCargo terminal will feature state-of-the-art technology, including a fully automated material handling system which is one of the world’s first to have an automated Quick Dolly Transfer System that enables quick transfer of 6 ULDs simultaneously.

In addition, an automated pallet handling system, advanced storage system, offices, workstation areas, modern communication and security systems, canteens, and other amenities will be installed. The terminal infrastructure also includes 46 truck docks and 80 truck parking spaces, in addition to 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal.

Photo caption: Emirates SkyCargo is on track for its move to Dubai World Central (DWC) on 1 May.

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