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Oct 28,2021

What caused the backlog of air cargo at Dubai International Airport?

Beginning in September, Dubai International Airport (DXB) began to experience the problem of air supply logistics cargo backlog, and it has become increasingly severe. On October 14th, DXB Airport announced that it would restrict imports to general cargo warehouses from 00:00 on the 19th (Tuesday) to 23:59 on the 24th (Sunday), Dubai time.  


Dnata, a cargo handling company under Emirates Airline, said: "We are currently working around the clock to clean up a large amount of cargo at Dubai International Airport and strive to resume normal operations as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers during this unprecedented period. ."

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According to Dnata, the cargo backlog was mainly due to Dnata's shortage of personnel. Dnata is an Emirates company with operations in 95 airports in 15 countries. Before the epidemic, Dnata's airport and tourism department had 45,000 employees worldwide. After the epidemic began, its annual profit fell by 57%. As a result, Dnata Dubai laid off a large number of employees and allowed thousands of people to take unpaid leave.


In October 2021, the opening of the World Expo was postponed for one year, and a large number of exhibits and other materials flocked to the UAE. At the same time, due to the skyrocketing price of sea transportation, a large number of goods were transported from sea to air, which caused a surge in air imports, but Dnata’s staff did not recover. It is difficult to handle the drastic increase in workload.


At present, some cargo flights have been diverted to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), Sharjah and Abu Dhabi airports.