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Delays to expanded cargo terminal

The current expansion of the cargo terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been delayed due to recent managerial changes on the project.

The current expansion of the cargo terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been delayed due to recent managerial changes on the project.

Originally estimated for completion this June, the terminal is now scheduled for an August 2008 finish.

Set to provide an additional 100,000 tonnes of handling capacity, the expansion is viewed as playing a pivotal role in Etihad Crystal Cargo's short-term growth.

"The expansion is now due in August, which is a concern to Etihad Crystal Cargo.

We want to ensure there is no further spillage of delays and that momentum of the project is not lost," said Des Vertannes, executive vice president, Etihad Crystal Cargo.

Progress of the project, entitled 1B, reportedly stalled as a result of the managerial changes that occurred at the end of 2007.

Etihad believes this led to the project being put on hold for "more pressing engagements". The airline currently constitutes 80% of Abu Dhabi airport's activities.

"The airport's capability is a big step forward for Etihad Crystal Cargo. Once it is completed, in earnest that will be it until the new airport in Abu Dhabi is built and facilitated in 2011," stated Vertannes.

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