Siemens equips new Emirates SkyCargo terminal in Dubai

Material handling system added to Al Maktoum International's cargo terminal.

Al Maktoum International Airport's new cargo terminal, the new home of Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet, has been equipped with a material handling system (MHS) by Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions.

The Dubai World Central-based terminal was successfully started up in several phases.

In its initial implementation stage, the new cargo terminal is capable of handling a throughput of 700,000 tonnes per year.

Later on throughput capacity will increase by additional 300,000 tonnes.

“Our partnership with Siemens is a testimony to our commitment to create and deliver industry-leading air cargo solutions,” commented Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo.

“We develop constantly the nuances of our services and our innovative products – ensuring that we remain creative and efficient.

"The new MHS will not only help us meet our customers’ needs but enhance SkyCargo’s overall operational performance through providing top solutions also in niche markets,” he added.

The new terminal’s total building ground area is 68,000 square metres.

In a statement, Siemens said the MHS is housed in a single levelled building and is designed to maximise the terminal operational performance, including the optimisation of cargo processes such as cycle times, a cargo tracking capability, direct build-up/breakdown handling, quick transit to and from airside as well as cargo screening.

The air cargo MHS is divided into specific areas for cargo storage and handling. 

The cargo handling IT system, Cargo Compact, from Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions controls the highly automated systems and equipment. 

Meanwhile, at Emirates’ Cargo Mega Terminal (CMT) at Dubai International Airport, belly freight cargo volume is growing rapidly, prompting the airline to contract Siemens to enhance cargo processing capacities at CMT and improve cross traffic handling between CMT and DWC.

Siemens implemented the East Cross Dock facility at Dubai International allowing simultaneous start-up with the Emirates SkyCargo facilities at Dubai World Central.

CMT expansion is currently progressing to increase its capacities to handle 1.6 million tonnes per year.

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