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Dnata says 1m tonnes of cargo handled at Dubai World Central

Dubai air services provider announces 90% growth in freight volumes since 2011 against forecast of 20%

Dnata says 1m tonnes of cargo handled at Dubai World Central

Dubai-based air services provider dnata has announced a key milestone in its operation at Dubai World Central (DWC), handling more than one million tonnes of air freight since its first full year of operation in 2011.

dnata said in a statement that it has seen a 90 percent increase in freight volume, recording 170,260 tonnes in 2015, up from 89,729 tonnes in 2011.

It added that the performance has far exceeded the original growth forecast of 20 percent.

Cargo handled at Dubai World Central has included the world’s largest ever piece of cargo - a 95 tonne gas turbine bound for a government project in Northern Nigeria - and the original Batmobile brought in for an auto show.

Bernd Struck, dnata’s senior vice president, UAE Cargo, said: “This is a hugely significant milestone for all of us at Dubai World Central. The growth we have experienced over the last five years is thanks to not only dnata, but the combined hard work and commitment of Dubai Airports and all of the stakeholders involved in creating a world-class logistics platform with unparalleled connectivity, speed and efficiency."

Since first opening for cargo operations in June 2010, DWC has rapidly ascended airport rankings for international freight volumes and now sits in the top 20 worldwide.

Dubai World Central is situated in the heart of Dubai South, a planned residential commercial and logistics complex, which includes the Dubai Logistics City, Commercial City, Residential City, Aviation City and Golf City.

By the time the full 140 sq km development is completed in the mid-2020s, it will be able accommodate up to 16 million tonnes of freight and up to 240 million passengers per year.

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