Dubai Airport Expands its Freight Facilities.

The Journal of Commerce reports a major upgrade to Dubai International Airport.  The expansion program will increase its cargo capacity to more than 3.1 million tons a year by 2018.

According to a press release, the first stage of construction will involve a 30,000-square-meter addition to Dubai International’s 1.2-million-tonne Cargo Mega Terminal (CMT), a move that will increase  CMT’s freight capacity by 25 percent. The airport’s original freight facilities, Hall A and Freight Gate 1, will be fully reconstructed.

A new transhipment facility with capacity for 400,000 tonnes of freight a year is also under construction. After its completion, it will handle about 60 per cent of cargo transferred between Dubai International and Dubai World Central, Dubai’s second airport.

Dubai is an important cargo hub and the total annual cargo volumes across both airports are projected to surge from the 2.19-million tonnes recorded last year to 4.1-million tonnes by 2020.