Dubai South adds new com­plex for avi­a­tion land ser­vices

The National - News - - BUSINESS - Sarah Townsend

Dubai South, which in­cludes Al Mak­toum In­ter­na­tional Air­port, plans to ex­pand its “land­side” free zone for avi­a­tion and aero­space sup­ply chain op­er­a­tions, with a new com­plex tar­get­ing busi­nesses in the global main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul (MRO) sec­tor.

“We are in­vest­ing heav­ily in land­side fa­cil­i­ties to sup­port op­er­a­tors on the air side,” Tah­noon Saif, the vice pres­i­dent of avi­a­tion at Dubai South, said.

“This new SME fa­cil­ity will be a new model for the re­gion – a ver­ti­cal build­ing that utilises land ef­fi­ciently by build­ing the work­shops ver­ti­cally, so the whole build­ing in­te­rior will be like el­e­va­tors, with work­shops to cater to small main­te­nance and man­u­fac­tur­ing,” he said.

Un­der plans un­veiled at Dubai Air­show yes­ter­day, a new build­ing will be con­structed within the Sup­pli­ers Com­plex – part of Dubai South’s Aero­space Sup­ply Chain strat­egy – to ac­com­mo­date busi­nesses in the global MRO sec­tor.

Two ex­ist­ing build­ings in the sup­ply chain zone are al­ready home to Lufthansa Tech­nik, GE Avi­a­tion and Ad­vance Aero­space In­dus­try (AAI, Dubai South said.

The new MRO build­ing un­veiled yes­ter­day will tar­get small-to-medium en­ter­prises (SMEs) in the sec­tor, with a new, ver­ti­cally-con­structed build­ing com­pris­ing 12,000 square me­tres of of­fice and work­shop space set to break ground next year.

“Hav­ing MROs on the land side makes it easier for op­er­a­tors to con­duct their op­er­a­tion ser­vices, fix air­craft en­gines and so on and then send it quickly back to the nearby air­port,” said Mr Saif.

Work­shop units will be sized around 749 square me­tres, and of­fice units around 149 sqm, Dubai South said, adding that the com­plex is de­signed to al­low for easy and quick start-up for com­pa­nies pro­vid­ing sup­port ser­vices such as fixed-based op­er­a­tions, MRO, sup­ply of air­craft parts, char­ter­ing, freight for­ward­ing and fleet man­age­ment.

The Sup­pli­ers Com­plex is part of broader plans by Dubai South to ex­pand its avi­a­tion district over the com­ing 10 to 15 years. Mr Saif said last week that of­fi­cials planned to draw up a master­plan for a sec­ond phase of the district ca­ter­ing to growth in air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ing and main­te­nance op­er­a­tions.

“For sure there’ll be an ex­pan­sion…de­pend­ing on land avail­abil­ity,” he said.

Ex­ist­ing oc­cu­piers at the 7 sqm avi­a­tion district in­clude GE Avi­a­tion, Lufthansa Tech­nik, AAI, Emi­rates Flight Academy, STTS Paint fa­cil­ity, Fal­con Main­te­nance Hangar, DC Avi­a­tion Al Fut­taim, Emi­rates Ca­ter­ing, JETEX, Jet Avi­a­tion, Ex­e­cu­jet and Dubai Duty Free.

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