Dubai Airports officially opened Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International for cargo operations in phase one of the airport's development. Inaugural flights were operated by Rus Aviation, Skyline and Aerospace Consortium.
"Although it is a long-term project, the need for a second airport in the near to mid-term is clear," Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said. "Dubai International currently has capacity for 2.5 million tonnes of cargo while volumes are expected to increase 48% to 3 million tonnes by 2015."
Fifteen airlines have signed up to operate cargo flights to/from the airport, which last week announced it had received clearance to commence cargo operations. Cargo carriers that have signed up to operate into DWC include Aban Air, ACI, Aerospace Consortium, Aviation Service Management, Coyne Airways, EuroAsian Services, Gatewick, Ramjet, Reem Style, Rial Aviation, Rus Aviation, Sonic Jet, SunGlobal, Skyline and United Aviation Services. The carriers will begin operations gradually over the coming weeks.
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