Amana Steel to build new Emirates cargo base
Airline to shift cargo operations to Dubai World Central in May 2014
Construction work has begun on a new Emirates SkyCargo terminal being built at the new Al Maktoum International Airport near Jebel Ali.
The building, which will become the home of SkyCargo's operations from May next year, is going to be built by Dubai-based contractor Amana Steel Buildings.
The airport will have 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal as well as 46 truck docks and a further 80 truck parking spaces.
The cargo handling system inside the terminal will be fitted in stages, with the first delivered to SkyCargo in April next year. It is expected to be fully installed by mid-September next year.
Emirates SkyCargo currently has a fleet of ten aircraft, consisting of eight Boeing 777Fs and two Boeing 747-400ERFs - all of which will move to Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport. However, cargo services at Dubai International Airport are also being upgraded and there will be a road feeder services between the two terminals.
"The planned move of our freighter operations from Dubai International Airport to Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport is the next step in Emirates SkyCargo' s overall expansion and growth programme," said Emirates cargo division's senior vice-president, Nabil Sultan.
"While the site is being developed, it remains business as usual for us. We are working very closely with Dubai Airports to ensure a smooth transition of our freighter operations."
The terminal will have a capacity to manage 700,000 tonnes of cargo per year, but this can be expanded in the future.
Al Maktoum International Airport is the centrepiece of Dubai World Central - the world's first master-planned aerotropolis containing business, aviation, logistics and residential districts.