By Andy Sambidge
Construction of Emirates SkyCargo facility at Al Maktoum Int'l will handle 700,000 tonnes of cargo
The construction of Emirates SkyCargo's new terminal at Dubai's Al Maktoum International Airport is on track with completion slated for later this year, it was announced on Sunday.
Dubai World Central (DWC), the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis, said phase one of the terminal on track for completion in December.
It added that the installation of the cargo handling system would be completed by April next year and full completion by mid-September.
The terminal will be equipped to handle 700,000 tonnes of cargo and can be further expanded by an additional 300,000 tonnes in the second phase.
The cargo terminal will feature a fully automated handling and storage system, offices, workstation areas, building service facilities, communication and security systems and canteens, the statement said.
The infrastructure will also include 46 truck docks and 80 truck parking spaces, in addition to 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal, it added.
Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: "With DWC set to become the home of Emirates SkyCargo's freighter operations from next year, the company can expect to benefit significantly from the state-of-the-art infrastructure and unique strategic advantages offered by DWC."
Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo, added: "The development of our new freighter cargo terminal is progressing well. Once complete, it will be a modern and efficient cargo facility that can be expanded to meet our future growth requirements.
"The relocation of our freighter fleet to Dubai World CentralAl Maktoum International Airport is an investment in our future, as the logistics and cargo development at the airport is set to become a major global cargo hub once complete, with world-class facilities and infrastructure."
Emirates SkyCargo currently operates a fleet of 10 aircraft, all of which will move to Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport.
Operations at the new cargo terminal will commence in April 2014 with about 250 staff, which will gradually increase to 500 staff when it is fully operational.