Emirates opens 4,000 sqm ?SkyPharma? facility at DXB

Emirates, the world?s top airline by international traffic, is betting on the pharmaceutical industry to boost its cargo division with the opening of a new 4,000 square metre cool storage facility at Dubai International on Sunday. Dubbed ?SkyPharma?, the cool storage is part of a wider Dh600 million expansion of Emirates? cargo facility ?SkyCentral? at the airport. The opening comes less than a year after the airline opened a 4,600 square metre cool storage at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central and is certified under European Union guidelines. ?We believe that this brings us in a different league,? Henrik Ambak, senior vice-president ? cargo operations worldwide, told reporters at a news conference in Dubai. Emirates is looking to tap into the growing pharmaceutical trade from India to the United States and from Europe to Asia. It hopes that the opening of the Dubai International facility will attract potential customers who have been deterred by the Gulf?s soaring summers where temperatures can reach north of 50 degrees.

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