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DUBAI: Emirates SkyCargo has opened its new cargo terminal 'Emirates SkyCentral', home to the airline's 15 freighters, at the Logistics District in Dubai South.

Dubai South – the rebranded Dubai World Central – is an emerging 145 sq. km. city situated within the emirate of Dubai that will ultimately sustain a population of one million. The city is also home to the now-operational Al Maktoum International Airport –the largest airport in the world when complete – and the World Expo 2020.

Emirates-SkyCentral-1"The opening of Emirates SkyCentral is an important milestone for us, as it represents our vision for future growth and firmly establishes Emirates SkyCargo as the world's leading air cargo carrier across all its operational areas.

"The space it currently occupies on the land allocated to us at Dubai South is part of a much bigger area, which we can develop over time to increase our cargo handling capacity to achieve our vision of 12 million tonnes annually by 2050, from the current 2.3 million tonnes," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

"It takes a lot of work to bring a facility such as this to reality, and I want to thank everyone for their support and commitment in making it happen, from the Government of Dubai and its various departments, to the contractors and staff of Emirates SkyCargo," he added.

Emirates SkyCentral is located 77 kilometres from Dubai International Airport (DXB) - a convenient location with factories and forwarders in the surrounding areas, and in close proximity to a dedicated corridor to the Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone.

In the 2014-15 financial year Emirates SkyCargo reported revenue of US$ 3.4 billion, a 9.0 percent increase over the previous year, and a 15.0 percent contribution to the airline's total transport revenue.