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Dubai World Central (DWC) handles one millionth tonne of cargo

Dubai's new mega hub in the making, Dubai World Central–Al-Maktoum International Airport (DWC), passed another milestone this week when it handled its millionth tonne of cargo.

It reached the landmark within five years of the airport's first first full year of operations in 2011.

According to ground handler, dnata, in just five years it has seen a staggering 90% increase in freight volumes, recording 170,260 tonnes in 2015, up from 89,729 tonnes in 2011.

The performance, it points out, has far exceeded the original growth forecast of 20%.

Unique or unusual shipments handled at DWC in its first five years include the world’s largest ever piece of cargo, a 95 tonne gas turbine bound for a government project in Northern Nigeria.
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Other memorable consignments include a variety of prototype, racing, classic and luxury cars, an original Batmobile brought in for an auto show; as well as relief shipments from the regional World Health Organisation destined for Pakistan, Yemen and Iraq.  

The airport has also accommodated the largest aircraft in the world, the Antonov AN225, with ground support from the dnata team.

Bernd Struck, dnata’s senior vice president, UAE Cargo, said: “This is a hugely significant milestone for all of us at Dubai World Central.

"The growth we have experienced over the last five years is thanks to not only dnata, but the combined hard work and commitment of Dubai Airports and all of the stakeholders involved in creating a world-class logistics platform with unparalleled connectivity, speed and efficiency."

He points out that Dubai World Central features industry leading facilities and offers a host of attractive benefits to its customers, which includes many of the world’s largest airfreight operators.

According to dnata, key growth factors include Dubai's strategic location and close proximity to Dubai International Airport, Jebel Ali Sea Port, Dubai Free Zones; no capacity restrictions; and around the clock operations.
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Struck continues: “Ever since we accepted our first flight, dnata has continued to enhance its structure, equipment and services to provide a one-stop cargo offering. This is supported by a dedicated and highly motivated team, all of which are committed to helping our customers grow their business.”

Majed Al Joker, Dubai Airports’ senior vice president of operations for DWC, enthuses: “Since first opening for cargo operations in June 2010, DWC has rapidly ascended airport rankings for international freight volumes and now sits in the top 20 worldwide.

“Throughout it all dnata has played a vital role in ensuring our mutual airline customers receive great service. Dubai Airports remains committed to investing in the provision of top notch infrastructure that facilitates traffic growth.”
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Dubai World Central is situated in the heart of Dubai South, a planned residential commercial and logistics complex, which includes the Dubai Logistics City (DLC), Commercial City, Residential City, Aviation City and Golf City. 

By the time the full 140 square kilometre airport development is complete – estimated to be in the mid-2020s – DWC will be able accommodate up to 16 million tonnes of freight and up to 240 million passengers per year.

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