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Major upgrade for Etihad Cargo’s Abu Dhabi hub

Abu Dhabi Airports and Etihad Cargo have announced plans for a major airfreight facility boost for the Middle East airline’s hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The partners will implement a “multi-phased cargo infrastructure development” strategy, starting with the imminent upgrade of Etihad’s existing air cargo terminal facilities on the Southside airport perimeter.

The programme will culminate with the inauguration of Etihad Cargo’s new air cargo terminal in the East Midfield section of the airport, an area designated by Abu Dhabi Airports for future integrated cargo, logistics and integrator activities.

The upgrading of the Southside Etihad cargo facilities will commence immediately and is due for completion in phases at the end of the third quarter in 2020.

The scope includes the enhancement of road feeder service (RFS) loading docks with levelers, insulation and floor works for faster and more efficient loading with stricter temperature controls.

There will also be increased storage space and additional build-up and breakdown zones to improve production workflow, and upgraded cool chain facilities for both its fresh and pharma handling and storage operations.

A joint statement said: “This phase will not only increase efficiency and productivity in the existing facilities to support air cargo growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport for the coming five years, but it will also enhance Etihad’s pharmaceutical logistics capability through a dedicated Southside Pharma Terminal, adding 3,500 sq m of space for temperature-controlled handling and storage across both 2-8 degrees Celsius and 15-25 degrees Celsius categories.”

Abu Dhabi Airports and Etihad Cargo have agreed as a next step to designate a plot of land at the East Midfield site.

A joint team will soon be inviting expressions of interest to bid for the design and construction of Etihad Cargo’s next generation facility that will mark “the creation of one the world’s most advanced and automated air cargo terminals”.

The facility will be designed to handle incremental UAE import and export demand, boost Etihad’s growing cargo network flows as well as cater for the “significant rise” in e-commerce and express mail and cargo operations.

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