Dubai Airports in Talks to Bring More Cargo Carriers to New Hub

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By Deena Kamel Yousef  http://www.businessweek.com

Dubai Airports said it’s in talks with more cargo carriers about operating from the sheikdom’s new Al Maktoum hub while continuing to work on adding passenger airlines after the facility opened to them last month.

The site at the Dubai World Central complex is stirring interest as capacity constraints at the old Dubai International airport leave carriers with limited prospects for expansion, Chief Executive Officer Paul Griffiths said in an interview.

“We’ve got significant evidence that DWC is being taken very seriously as a viable option,” Griffiths said today at the Dubai Air Show. “We’ve got a lot of different conversations happening at the moment and they’re all going positively.”

New operators are showing an interest even after third-quarter freight volumes at Dubai World Central fell 26 percent to 43,252 metric tons. The hub opened to cargo traffic in June 2010 and currently has 36 freight operators, including Air France-KLM (AF) Group, compared with a handful of passenger carriers including Jazeera Airways of Kuwait and Wizz Air Ltd. More info

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