Dubai World Central handles 90,000 tonnes of cargo in 1st year


By Dominic Welling

Dubai World Central handled 89,729 tonnes of airfreight during its first full calendar year of operations.

In 2011 the gateway’s average monthly air cargo volumes totalled 7,477 tonnes compared with the 795 tonnes per month recorded during its first half year of operations in 2010.

According to figures released by Dubai Airports, cargo transit traffic accounted for 32,989 tonnes (37%) of this total volume.

Meanwhile, aircraft movements at the airport over the year hit 8,198, of which 3,609 (44%) were commercial cargo flights; 4,548 (55.5%) were test and training flights and 41 (0.5%) were general aviation operations.

During 2011, 36 airlines operated into Dubai World Central, predominantly as cargo charter operations.

Paul Griffiths, CEO at Dubai Airports, said: “Although the airport is in its infancy, incremental cargo traffic growth has been steady and continues to ramp up as new operations are launched.

“Sea to air freight traffic growth was particularly robust as airlines took advantage of the airport’s bonded link to the Jebel Ali port.

“Additionally the road feeder service operating between Dubai International and Dubai World Central facilitated the smooth flow of transit airfreight. Combined, Dubai’s two airports handled 2,279,219 tonnes of airfreight in 2011, which is up marginally from 2010.”

According to Griffiths, the new airport has a vital role to play in providing the extra capacity needed to accommodate projected growth in cargo volumes handled by the Emirate. More info