WFS to operate cargo terminal at new Durban airport

03 September 2009

Designed to manage growth forecasts up to 2060

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has concluded a minimum five-year exclusive contract to operate the new Dube Tradeport Cargo Terminal at the New International Airport at La Mercy in Durban, South Africa. The new airport, located 30km north of Durban City Centre is on schedule for its official opening in May 2010. It is three times larger than the city’s current airport and will accommodate 7.5 million passengers a year.

The airport’s passenger and cargo facilities have been designed to manage growth forecasts up to 2060. The 15,800 m2 cargo terminal is expected to handle tens of thousands of tonnes of air cargo and express shipments in its first year of operation and has the long-term capacity to process up to two million tons per annum.

The airport will also incorporate a dedicated trade zone for the freight forwarding community, logistics service providers, assemblers, distributors and manufacturers, and an ‘Agri Zone’ that provides glasshouses and post harvest facilities within the Dube Transport precinct for the specific production of high value perishables business for export.

The general cargo area of the new Dube Tradeport Cargo Terminal is being equipped with a fully automated ETV system supported by the latest barcode processing technology. It also incorporates narrow aisle racking, forklifts, build beds, x-ray equipment, a fully equipped temperature controlled Border Inspection Post (BIP) and a dedicated ‘cool-chain’ storage area.

The terminal will also provide office facilities for local Customs officials, police, security, BIP and agriculture personnel. This is in addition to a separate ‘freight forwarder village’ for the local cargo agents community that will be linked to the new cargo terminal by an elevated ULD express conveyor system to reduce the number of trucks needing to be handled at the building’s landside freight doors. The first phase of the cargo village will be ready at opening of the new airport and will be know as the Airfreight Logistics Facility.

Emirates is the first airline to commit to operating from the New International Airport at La Mercy.

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