FLS Group Launches in Dubai

Fast Logistics Solutions Group (FLS), which since January 2015 is the holding company for Fast Forward Cargo, First Priority Cargo, Fast Forward Solutions and several other companies, has officially announced its launch in Dubai and introduced industry veteran Peter Scholten as its chief executive officer.

Peter Scholten
Peter Scholten

At the launch, the company also specified its service offering, which includes scheduled air cargo services, air cargo charter solutions, international ocean freight, multi-modal air-sea-land door-to-door solutions, customs clearance, 3PL warehousing and distribution services.

In 2014, the companies of the FLS Group generated US$200 million revenue with airfreight volumes at 45.000 tonnes and ocean freight volumes at 20.000 TEUs. The FLS Group employs 700 staff (500 in UAE) in a network of 40 offices across UAE, Africa and Asia.

Scholten takes over
At the launch, Al Ameen, chairman and founder of the group, said: "With the vast industry experience we come with, we are looking to foray into the untapped segments of the industry." He also introduced the company's new CEO, Peter Scholten, and said that the company was looking to cash in on the rich industry experience Scholten brings with him.

 

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Scholten said: "This is a great, challenging opportunity for me. After working 20 years for cargo airlines on several locations in the world, I am excited to return back to forwarding and logistics. Leading and expanding the activities of FLS Group to a global company from a strong home base in UAE is a fantastic challenge for the years ahead."

FLS Group chairman and founder Al Ameen
FLS Group chairman and founder Al Ameen

Dubai Airports cargo throughput declines in January
While passenger and aircraft movements at Dubai International continued a healthy growth in January, showing increases of respectively, 7.7% and 6.2% compared with the year-earlier period, air cargo volumes continued the downward trend in January, contracting 5.5% to 186,230 tonnes, from 197,021 recorded in January 2014.

According to a statement by CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, the contraction is the result of a total of shift of cargo operations to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central since May 2014. The airport operator did not specify volumes at Dubai World Central in January 2015.

Dubai International Airport overtook London’s Heathrow last year as the world’s busiest airport for international passenger business.

Nol van Fenema

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