Cargo Facilities at Dubai to Expand

Dubai International Airport’s cargo facilities are set to undergo a major modernisation and expansion programme that will see cargo capacity increase to 3.1 million tonnes by 2018.
As part of owner Dubai Airports’ $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020, construction is set to begin on a 322,917sq ft (30,000m2) addition to the existing Cargo Mega Terminal (CMT), increasing its 1.2 million tonne capacity by 25% to 1.5 million tonnes a year.  The airport’s original cargo facilities, Hall A and Freight Gate 1, located adjacent to the CMT, will also undergo a complete refurbishment.  Together, these facilities will be dedicated for the sole use of flag carrier Emirates.
A new transhipment facility with capacity for 400,000 tonnes per year is also under construction.  Once complete, it will handle around 60% of cargo transferred between Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports.  The new facility will be erected on the former site of the Airport Expo building, which was partially demolished earlier this year.
Total annual cargo volumes across both airports are projected to increase from 2.19 million tonnes in 2011 to 4.1 million tonnes by 2020.
Chris Garton, Senior Vice President of Operations at Dubai Airports, commented:  “The continued growth in cargo volumes as well as the size of the airport meant that cargo facilities could no longer be clustered into one area.  The new infrastructure will not only increase our capacity but go a long way to simplifying what has become an increasingly complex cargo operation as the airport has grown.”
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