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Dnata logistics centre nears completion

Dnata Cargo is on track to complete the final expansion of its Freezone Logistics Centre at Dubai International Airport.

Dnata Cargo, operator of Dubai’s air cargo terminals, is on track to complete the final expansion of its Freezone Logistics Centre (FLC) at Dubai International Airport. The new unit will more than triple annual throughput capacity of the FLC complex to 500,000 tonnes and offer the Middle East cargo community streamlined import-export services.

FLC III, scheduled for completion in early 2007 with 16,000m² of warehousing and 10,000m² of office space, will contain Dubai’s first fully-automated air cargo storage and retrieval system handling facility and a complete portfolio of 24-hour government import-export services, all under one roof.

When operational, the four-storey FLC III will extend existing FLC facilities to create a 47,000m² warehouse and office complex. It will also significantly boost storage and handling capabilities, enabling the FLC to accommodate Dnata’s cargo growth until 2010.

“FLC III, with its vastly enlarged capacity and sophisticated fully-automated facilities, is fast becoming a reality and will transform cargo handling in Dubai,” says Jean Pierre L. de Pauw, senior vice president, Dnata Cargo. “Airlines, agents, freight forwarders and charter operators will be able to complete their business transactions faster, with government agencies including Customs, Municipality, Health and Police located on the premises to provide round-the-clock services.”

FLC has expanded to keep pace with Dubai’s relentless cargo growth and customer demand since opening in 1999 with a handful of freighter operators. By 2003 the number of FLC operators was 26, the average number of flights each month had grown to 260 and annual cargo volume had reached a record 50,000 tonnes, triggering the FLC II expansion which doubled capacity, extended customer facilities, and increased aircraft parking bays from 10 to 46. Currently, the number of operators at FLC is 48, monthly flight frequency is more than 500, and annual cargo throughput exceeds 100,000 tonnes.

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