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UPS increasing Spanish air freight capacity 30 May 2017

UPS is increasing its air freight capacity from Vitoria and Seville to its European air hub in Cologne, Germany.

The new flights will allow UPS to offer later pick-up times for export shipments in northern and southern Spain, the company said .

On 5 June, Vitoria and Seville will be connected to UPS’s European air hub in Cologne by a 737-400 jet with a payload of 20 tons.

The aircraft will leave Seville each business day and fly to Cologne with a stop in Vitoria, returning to Seville via Vitoria in the morning.

This new flight will complement UPS’s existing flights to Cologne from Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia. From UPS’s ...

Fraport profit soars 24.5% to USD 20.2 million, revenues rise 3.5% 26 May 2017

Fraport AG, owner and operator of Germany's Frankfurt Airport, increased first quarter profit 24.5% year on year to EUR18.1 million (USD 20.2 million), drawn on revenues of EUR592.6 million, up 3.5%.

The company said that Fraport's cargo volume rose 1.8% to 2.11 million tonnes in 2016.

On March 16, Fraport won the concession for the two Brazilian airports of Fortaleza and Porto Alegre during a public auction.

In view of the takeover of the concessions and the planned capital expenditure, Fraport's executive board currently expects the group's net debt to rise by some additional EUR300 million during the 2017 business year.


SriLankan to start Hyderabad, Vizag, Coimbatore to its network 20 May 2017

SriLankan Airlines will is adding 3 southern Indian cities of Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Visakhapatnam to its network while further strengthening its network from July this year.

The introduction of these new routes, along with the scheduled frequency increases in its Delhi and Mumbai services, will see SriLankan operating over 120 flights a week to 14 cities.

The new connections are expected to bridge the demand for those looking for seamless connections across the region for work and leisure purposes, in Sri Lanka, India and onward destinations.

SriLankan Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Siva Ramachandran in a statement said, “India has been a v...

Kuehne + Nagel to launch new Changi centre to expedite air freight processing 19 May 2017

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) have opened a new air freight hub in Singapore to consolidate its activities for the sector on the island.

The move will create operational synergies and improve cargo turnaround speed for time-critical shipments, the forwarder said.

The new 5,200-square metre air freight centre is located within the Changi Airport logistics park and consolidates warehousing, administrative and aviation logistics activities previously located at three different places.

K+N south Asia Pacific chief Jens Drewes said that "Singapore is geographically pivotal to regional trade and a very important location for K+N.”

"The new a...

Cathay Pacific handles more air cargo in April 19 May 2017

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried 163,473 tonnes of cargo and mail in April 2017, an increase of 10.7% compared to the same month last year.

The cargo and mail load factor rose by 2.2 percentage points to 65.7%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 2.6% while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTK) increased by 6.2%. In the first four months of 2017, the tonnage rose by 11.2% against a 1.9% increase in capacity and an 8.6% increase in RTK. "Our cargo business continued to show encouraging year-on-year tonnage growth.

Demand from Hong Kong and key Asian markets to North America, Europe and India remained buoyant. ...

Luxembourg airport January-April air cargo up 16% to 286,000 tonnes 18 May 2017

Luxembourg airport's freight volume rose between January and April by 16.4% year on year to 286,000 tonnes.

In March and April alone, the airport recorded growth rates of 22.1% and 19.4%, respectively.

To cope with this increase, the construction of the four new cargo aircraft stands capable of accommodating Boeing 747-8 freighters has commenced. One stand is specially designed for the Antonov 124 aircraft.

The first two stands will be available from April 2018 and the remainder in October. This new apron extension will be equipped with a hydrant refueling system allowing faster and safer fuelling of air freighters.


CargoLogicAir gets delivery of third B747 freighter 16 May 2017

CargoLogicAir (CLA) has added a third aircraft to its fleet after taking delivery of a Boeing 747-400 freighter.

The airline, which received its UK Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) at the start of 2016, now operates two B747-400 cargo aircraft and a B747-8 Freighter.

The latest aircraft to join its fleet is a 747-400ERF acquired from AerCap and the airline hopes to operate a fleet of five freighters over the next three years.

CLA said the new delivery would allow it to "satisfy growing demand for global charters and support its ACMI flying programme for partner, AirBridgeCargo Airlines".

The air...

IAG Cargo sees Q1 revenue drop 2% to USD 281m despite volume growth 10 May 2017

IAG Cargo has posted first quarter commercial revenue of EUR256 million (USD 281 million), a year-on-year decline of 2.1%, as overall yield for 2016 contracted by 5.5%. Yet, Q1 2017 volumes were up 3.6%, while capacity grew by 12%.

Chief financial officer Lewis Girdwood in a company statement, "Increased demand from Asia Pacific and Europe has led to a growth in air freight volumes between the two regions, driven in part by sea freight constraints.”

"Through the first quarter of the year we saw a 34% rise in volumes from Europe to Asia Pacific when compared to the same period in 2016, with fashion, spare parts, fresh fish and leather goods performi...

Dachser expands bonded freight space in Shanghai 06 May 2017

Dachser has flipped the switch on its expansion at the Shanghai Pudong Airport by doubling its air freight gateway from 3,000 to 6,000 square meters in a move to streamline air freight processes in the North China region.

The company plans to move more freight through its dual hubs in Shanghai and Beijing.

Inbound and outbound cargo for the ten Dachser branches in North China will be routed through the Shanghai Pudong Airport and the Beijing International Airport, "depending on their geographical proximity, specific requirements of the goods and current market situation."

Dachser's air freight gateway manager for North China, David Wang sa...

China Airlines scoops Air Cargo Excellence Award in Southeast Asia 29 April 2017

China Airlines (CAL) has been presented the gold prize in the one million plus ton freight handling category at the Air Cargo Excellence Award for 2017 from the US air logistics magazine Air Cargo World.

The awards are decided based on a survey in which airlines are rated by forwarders on customer service, performance and value.

CAL was the world's seventh largest cargo carrier by volume in 2015, handling 1.3 million tonnes of freight. At present the carrier has a fleet of 97 aircraft, including 21 freighter aircraft, according to data from the International Air Transport Association.

It operates 88 cargo flights per week to 93 destinations worldwid...

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