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IAG Cargo starts new freighter service from Madrid to Basel 20 April 2017

IAG Cargo started a new freighter service between Madrid and Basel to meet the demands of Switzerland's fast growing pharmaceutical sector.

Customers will have access to 29,000 kilogrammes of lift per flight, expanding the airline's existing short-haul freighter network by 6%. Scheduled services will operate on Sundays with a return flight on the same day.

The new freighter service will support Switzerland's booming pharmaceutical sector, which makes up more than a third of the country's export volume.

During the two-month trial of the service, 74% of goods shipped out of Switzerland by the cargo were carried on its Constant Climate prod...

Qatar Airways adds freighter capacity to Brussels 19 April 2017

Qatar Airways Cargo has swapped out one of its A330Fs for a larger 777F on its Brussels service in response to burgeoning pharma trade ex-Europe.

Qatar Airways Cargo currently operates seven weekly A330F flights into Brussels, and eight widebody passenger flights. Next month, Qatar Airways Cargo plans to introduce its eighth weekly service to Brussels, adding another A330F to the Doha -Brussels route.

Steven Polmans, Brussels Airport’s head of cargo said that the 777F route will run from Halifax to Brussels and onwards to Doha. “In just a few years, Qatar Airways Cargo has grown to become one of our biggest cargo players at the airport, offering direct...

IAG Cargo adds Madrid-Basel freighter service 15 April 2017

IAG Cargo has launched a new freighter service between Madrid and Basel to meet the demands of Switzerland’s pharmaceutical sector.

The route adds more than 29,000 kilograms of lift per flight, expanding capacity on IAG Cargo’s short-haul freighter network by 6%. The new service has been running on a trial basis since January.

IAG Cargo said that the trial period proved popular, offering an “uninterrupted gateway to IAG Cargo’s Latin American network” of 32 Latin American destinations, operating over 400 flights per week.

During the two-month trial of the service, 74% of goods shipped out of Switzerland by IAG Cargo were ca...

GMR Infra & Greek firm offer 480 mln euros to build Crete airport 13 April 2017

The only bid submitted to build an airport on the Greek island of Crete was priced at €480 million, well below the expected €850 million, sources close to the project said on Wednesday.

The bid was submitted last year by a joint venture of GMR Infrastructure and Greek construction group GEK TERNA. “The financial offer was unsealed on Tuesday,” one of the sources said. The winning bidder is expected to operate the airport for 37 years. Greece has made several attempts to build the airport at Kasteli since 2010, but the country’s seven-year debt crisis has made it difficult to attract investors.

One source said the evaluation process was ...

Qatar Airways Cargo starts Phnom Penh freighter service 12 April 2017

Qatar Airways Cargo has expanded its Asia network with new freight service to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh that started on April 3, 2017, with the A330 freighter operating on the Doha-Phnom Penh-Doha route once a week offering over 60 tonnes of cargo capacity each way.

The major uplift out of Cambodia is garments, which represent the largest portion of the country's manufacturing sector and account for 80% of the nation's export.

The Doha-based airline currently carries more than 70 tonnes of belly-hold cargo on the daily wide-body passenger flights to Phnom Penh via Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, every week.

The introduction of direct freighter...

Cathay Pacific to fly daily to Manchester from Dec 08 April 2017

Cathay Pacific announced that its current four-times-weekly Hong Kong to Manchester service will become a daily operation from December 1, 2017.

The airline had announced in March that it would be increasing the number of weekly flights to the northern English city to six by the end of the year. However, it has boosted frequency further in response to growing customer demand.

From June onwards, the Airbus A350-900 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER on all flights to Manchester, making it the second Cathay Pacific destination in the UK, after Gatwick, to receive the technologically-advanced aircraft, the airline statement said.

"The enhanced schedule...

Pittsburgh Airpor cargo rises 5.9% in January and February 03 April 2017

Pittsburgh International Airport's cargo volume in the first two months of the year rose 5.9% to 11.1 million lbs on the back of an improving regional economy.

Passenger traffic continued to grow by 3.4% year on year to 1,153,098 passengers, bolstered by new flights and additional capacity.

New service added in 2016 by Southwest to Los Angeles and St Louis, as well as capacity growth by JetBlue to Boston and by Delta to Atlanta and Detroit, have contributed to the increases, which translate to more passengers.

Delta Air Lines will resume nonstop service to Paris in May, along with Spirit Airlines introducing new service to seven cities. Condor and W...

AAPA carriers post 11.3% more international air cargo demand in February 01 April 2017

According to Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) data, Members of the AAPA said international air cargo demand in February increased 11.3% measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTK), compared to the same month a year earlier.

In the first two months of the year, demand was up 7.6%. AAPA attributed the growth in demand to 'strong growth in new export orders and an acceleration in international trade activity.

Growth in demand for capacity among AAPA airlines outstripped the 1.2% expansion in offered freight capacity, resulting in a 5.4-percentage-point increase in the average international freight load factor to 60.1% for February.

Air cargo ...

Changi February air cargo volume up 7.9% to 146,870 tonnes 31 March 2017

Changi Airport's February cargo tonnage increased 7.9% year on year to 146, 870 tonnes while passenger volume was up 1.5% to 4.67 million passenger movements.

Passenger traffic for the month remained stable compared to a year ago, which saw travel boosted by the Lunar New Year holidays in February 2016.

Among Changi's top 10 country markets, India posted the strongest growth of 14% increase ?with traffic to Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi contributing to the growth. Traffic growth to Indonesia and Vietnam was also steady for the month, up 4% in both cases.

As March 1, more than 100 airlines operated at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to som...

Aeroflot air cargo up 29% to 14,231 tonnes as foreign tonnage increases 30 March 2017

Aeroflot's cargo and mail volumes rose 29.2% in February to 14,231 tonnes, driven by 53.5% year-on-year increase in international freight to 9,182 tonnes, while freight flatten to post 0.3% growth to 5,049 tonnes.

In the first two months of the year, cargo and mail volumes rose 39.5% year on year to 28,622 tonnes; international volumes were up 69.6% to 19,014 tonnes; and domestic cargo was up 3.3% to 9,608 tonnes.

The Russian carrier's full-year 2016 revenues surged 19.4% against the previous year to USD 8.7 billion.

The addition of new widebody aircraft to the group's fleet "enabled growth of cargo revenues by USD 52.6 million,” ...

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