IN BRIEF - THE LATEST AIR CARGO INDUSTRY NEWS.
DHL to expand in CPH
In order to improve their express services in Denmark, DHL Express announced that they will erect a new cargo terminal at Copenhagen Airport.
The facility which is planned to handle around 37,000 shipments per hour will be housed in a 26,000 square metre building and will have a 24 hour operation. DHL Express’s new set-up will be housed at the large site located on the eastern freight site at the airport, which will also include a new Airport Business Park in the near future. The new facility will have state-of-the-art systems and will also offer direct trucking services throughout Europe and long-haul international connections to Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. It is planned to be in operation as of 2023.
Budapest Airport cargo grows double-digit in 2018
Budapest Airport continues on its path of expanding their cargo operations and the results for 2018 have given the management all the more reason to concentrate on air cargo as a strong revenue bringer.
Last year the airport handled a total of 146,113 tons of cargo. This is an almost 15% growth over the previous year. Cargo volumes at BUD have increased by just under 60% between 2016 and 2018 and the management expect a further growth during the current year.
Rene Droese, Director Property and Cargo at BUD stated that: “we are focusing all our efforts to make good use of the ideal conditions in Budapest and turn Liszt Ferenc International Airport into a major cargo logistics hub for the Central-Eastern European region.”
Work continues on the new freight centre named Cargo City. This 20,000 square metre facility is costing EUR 32,6 million and once finished will enable BUD to handle up to 250,000 tons per annum. There is also a new building being set up to house forwarders and this will have a size of 10,000 square metres.
Already in 2017, integrators serving Budapest Airport moved into a new 16,000 square metre large facility and in order to be better prepared for handling cargo aircraft, the apron size is being expanded by a further 32,000 square metres in order to accommodate a further two B747-8 freighters.
Mr Droese went on to say that: “our goal is to deliver by the end of this year, an ideal cargo infrastructure for all segments of our well balanced customer portfolio for full freighters, belly cargo, integrators and road feeder trucking too.”
In the meantime, various carriers such as Cargolux, Silk Way West and AirBridgeCargo Airlines serve BUD regularly using wide body freighters. The BUD cargo sales team has placed quite some emphasis during the past months on attracting carriers from the Far East by setting up workshops and sales programmes in various countries in the region.
Air Cargo Global gets two new contracts
The Slovakian-based carrier Air Cargo Global (ACG) seems to be bouncing back into business after having had a tough time during the past couple of years. They have have started a twice weekly B747-400F service from Oslo’s Avinor Airport to Tianjin Binhai Airport in China. The flights which will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays will mainly carry fresh Norwegian fish products on behalf of Fish Forever, a large trading company which is a specialist in the fresh fish import into the ever-demanding Chinese market. ACG states that once business picks up, that they will start a third weekly flight between OSL and TSN.
In other news it is rumored that ACG has also been able to sign an ACMI agreement with an unnamed carrier to operate for a short period into and out of Kenya’s Nairobi Airport.
CAL carries new spacecraft
CAL Cargo Airlines recently transported a special lunar spacecraft from Tel Aviv to Florida.
The craft which is named ‘Beresheet’ but is officially known as “SpaceIL” is the first orbital spacecraft to have been developed and built in the Middle East. The CAL B747-400ERF aircraft positioned to Florida’s Orlando Airport where the highly sensitive lunar module was transferred to the Kennedy Space Center. It is planned that it will be launched from there in mid-February and will take part in a two-month mission which will include a soft landing on the moon’s surface.
AirBridgeCargo pharma volumes on the up
Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) states that their ‘abc pharma’ product volumes grew by 60% during 2018. This is an enormous increase for ABC’s pharma transport and in order to further meet demand and service quality for pharma shipments, ABC will offer their customers better and more specialized cool chain solutions during this year. This will include among others that ABC will offer special pharma training in the handling of these sensitive shipments.
Fedor Novikov, Global Director, Pharma at ABC is positive on the developments in this market sector and stated that: “in 2019 and beyond, we aim to further enhance our abc pharma product as we continue to speak with one language with other cool chain stakeholders.” ABC’s pharma service which started up in 2016 has been gradually expanded and refined in order to try and meet the demands of pharmacy shippers. It has rapidly increased the number of special temperature controlled containers in its fleet in order to meet growing demand for space.
Shermetyevo cargo handling increases
Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport has announced that international cargo traffic through the airport has risen by 7% during 2018 compared to the previous year.
The airport handled more than 300,000 tons cargo last year which represent an increase of 5.5% over 2017. International air cargo volumes were a deciding factor for this growth, having increased by 7% to just over 220,000 tons. Imports through Sheremetyevo from international flights increased by 25% and the airport states that Russia’s two international carriers, Aeroflot and AirBridgeCargo Airlines moved the lion’s share of exports out of the airport. More than 50% of all freight moved from Sheremetyevo was destined for Germany, China, the USA, Korea and the Netherlands.
American Cargo has record year
Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines cargo had an exceptional year by generating more than US$1 billion in revenues. In a statement issued towards the end of last week the carrier also announced a large air cargo volume increase which reached 2 billion pounds. The success has been put down to new routes being opened, a better strategic capacity planning and what the carrier describes as “an exceptional team work from across the organisation.”
This is the first time that American Cargo has generated revenues of over US$1 billion.
WFS gets CEIV certification in AMS
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has now gained IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its Amsterdam Schiphol operations. The company has dedicated temperature-controlled facilities at SPL which are offered to the various carriers they handle there.
In preparation for the CEIV audit, WFS did a risk analysis and also updated their quality management systems at the airport. Training in the handling procedures of temperature sensitive shipments was increased and those WFS employees leading the programme successfully completed IATA’s CEIV Pharma course.
More and more handlers worldwide are striving to gain IATA CEIV certification in order to attract pharma companies and airlines to use their services.
John Mc Donagh