Emirates to temporarily shift all-cargo operations to Dubai airport

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Emirates will operate all-cargo services from Dubai International Airport from Wednesday, temporarily suspending operations at Dubai’s Al Maktoum airport, the airline said on its website.

Freighter aircraft typically operate at Al Maktoum, a smaller airport in Dubai’s south. Emirates said it was consolidating cargo flights to a single airport to streamline operations between freighters and passenger aircraft now used for cargo-only services.

The airline has suspended all passenger flights due to the coronavirus pandemic. Emirates would operate cargo-only flights using Boeing 777 passenger aircraft to over 30 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, it said.

“We have been able to establish a new network and schedule for our cargo operations within a very short period of time, utilizing lower deck capacity on our widebody Boeing 777 passenger aircraft,” Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, Cargo, Nabil Sultan said in a statement.

Reuters