Emirates SkyCargo drives one million ULDs between Dubai hubs


Emirates SkyCargo has transported the millionth unit load device (ULD) through its bonded corridor trucking service connecting Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.

The trucking corridor was launched in April 2014 when Emirates SkyCargo started freighter services from Dubai World Central.

A fleet of 49 trucks, including 12 refrigerated trucks for temperature sensitive goods link the two airports providing connections between passenger and freighter aircraft.

The movement of cargo between the two airports is achieved seamlessly through the bonded trucking service with a transit time of 4.5 hours between the arrival of goods on freighter aircraft to their departure from passenger aircraft and vice versa.

Quick transfer of cargo from the trucks is ensured by the availability of 40 loading and unloading docks at the Emirates SkyCentral cargo terminals.

Emirates senior vice president for cargo operations worldwide, Henrik Ambak says: “Moving one million ULDs through Emirates SkyCargo’s bonded virtual corridor in just four years is a testimony to the critical importance of this service to our total offering.”

The trucking service has connect more than one million ULDs over more than 272,000 trips between the two airports, with over 1.2 million tonnes of cargo being shuttled by road.

Emirates road feeder network manager, Percis Paghdiwalla says: “In order to ensure the safety of cargo in transit, all the trucks in the fleet are equipped with satellite tracking and operate in a pre-determined geo-fenced route between the airports.

“The operation of the trucking service, which carries close to 1,000 tonnes of cargo every day, is planned and monitored round the clock by a dedicated team. The trucks are also fitted with tamper-proof locks for each journey, verified by Emirates Group Security and Dubai Customs, providing an additional layer of security of transit shipments.”