Dnata outlines facility expansion

Plans have been firmed up for a second major extension to Dnata Cargo’s Freezone Logistics Centre, barely months after the official opening of the first one.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 14, 2004

Business is booming at Dnata Cargo’s Freezone Logistics Centre (FLC). As a result, plans have just been firmed up for a second major extension to the facility, barely months after the official opening of the first one. November 2003 saw 344 touchdowns at the FLC, more than 10 per day, and throughput of 7,934 tonnes. Both figures represent more than double those for November 2002. When it started operations, the FLC offered 9000 m² of warehouse space, 1000 m² of office space, and 300 m² of temperature-controlled storage, plus documentation counters, customs and closed circuit TV. In March 2003, Emirates Group chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, officially opened an extension. The further extension to be built in 2004 will add 15000 m² of warehouse space – almost 80% more covered area to the FLC, for a total of 34,000 m². “We intend to make certain that we can accommodate the growth that we have experienced since the FLC opened,” said Kevin Ennis, manager cargo business development. The FLC attracts ad hoc and scheduled freighter operators offering. “The FLC ... is playing an increasingly important role in the success of Dubai as a distribution hub. The new extension will ensure that won’t miss any growth opportunities,” he added.

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