Abu Dhabi Airports and Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics services arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, will together carry out the multi-phased upgradation of Southside Etihad Cargo facilities, with phase 1 of the infrastructure development project to begin immediately.
According to the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam, the upgradation is scheduled for completion between fall of 2019, and the end of Q3 2020.
Scope of work for the project includes the enhancement of RFS loading docks with levellers, insulation and floor work for faster and more efficient loading with stricter temperature controls, increased storage space and additional build-up and breakdown zones to improve production workflow, and upgraded cool chain facilities for both its fresh and pharma handling and storage operations.
Speaking about the project, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, Bryan Thompson, said: "Today, we are putting in place the right foundations and frameworks for our future cargo activity, which in a few years will re-shape this industry for Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the future’s cargo hub for the region and the world."
Meanwhile, group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, said: "The immediate investment in the Southside terminal will deliver a step-change in the efficiency and capability of our existing facilities, while the announcement of the development of a new facility reinforces Etihad’s commitment to developing Abu Dhabi as a world-class hub for the logistics of the future."