Abu Dhabi Ports Group – Maqta Airfreight Services (MAS)

In alignment with Abu Dhabi Ports Group’s (ADPG) strategic objectives to drive trade by providing world-class ports, logistical and industrial zone services and enabling the transformation to Smart Ports and Cities, Maqta Airfreight Services (MAS) has been developed as an advanced solution for air trade services in Abu Dhabi. As an Airport Community System, MAS comes after the success of implementing the Seaport Community System in Abu Dhabi. Maqta Gateway, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ADPG, developed it. MAS provides end-to-end air import and export cargo services and supports intermodal cargo transport through sea and land. MAS streamlines processes and seamlessly integrate stakeholders in airports, eventually positioning Abu Dhabi Airports as one of the most advanced logistic hubs in the region.

MAS feeds into the more comprehensive Trade Single Window in Abu Dhabi, the Advanced Trade Logistics Platform (ATLP), developed by Maqta Gateway to advance paperless trade across all Abu Dhabi’s trading touchpoints. MAS provides a Single Point of Contact and real-time information, even via mobile, significantly enhancing processing times and communication procedures. The solution was developed after intensively studying its feasibility, benchmarking digitalization blueprints with global industry best practices, and working diligently with relevant stakeholders to overcome existing challenges.

Currently, MAS offers +30 main services and reached an adoption of 78% in less than one year of operations, with revenue of USD400 thousand since its launch. And as per the benchmark, MAS is the first system regionally to offer all air cargo services in a one-stop shop and to integrate with Marketplace for shipping quotations and booking confirmation. It has about 300 companies onboard and 95% airline connectivity through integration with SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications. As an integral part of ATLP, MAS contributes to an economic impact of USD38 billion increase in imports, USD30 billion increase in exports, USD34 billion effect on GDP, and the creation of 107 thousand jobs by 2030.