Mixed September results for Asia-Pacific carriers provide hope for peak season

Asia-Pacific carriers mostly reported year-over-year traffic declines for September, but some improvements from results earlier in the year suggest that the lead-up to peak season may indicate better things ahead for the remainder of 2019. Year-over-year comparisons are also becoming less difficult for carriers with the approach to 2020 because the declines that have hampered […]

DHL Express plans €131 million expansion at Incheon Airport

DHL Express announced its largest-ever investment in South Korea with a €131 million expansion of its gateway at Incheon International Airport (ICN), according to a company statement on Tuesday. The expansion is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2022. The DHL Express hub next to ICN opened in 2008 and has since […]

Menzies Aviation plans major rollout of Hermes’ cloud-based cargo management system 

Menzies Aviation has selected Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) to implement the most recent version of HLT’s Cargo Management System (CMS), Hermes 5 (H5), across facilities it operates in its global network.   The H5 system is the latest version of the cloud-based Hermes cargo management application designed to improve service management, revenue accounting, process automation and service failure […]

China-US trade war’s downward pressure on air cargo intensifies in August 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data indicating that cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.9% year-over-year in August. Year-to-date traffic is down 3.3% y-o-y. The further decline in traffic from last month suggests that downward pressure on air cargo intensified in August, despite the modest uptick seen in July.   Freight capacity rose 2.0% y-o-y in […]

Hyderabad aims to boost connectivity with cargo charter program launch 

GMR Hyderabad Airport Cargo launched its “Hyderabad Cargo Charter Circle (HC3)” handling program on Oct. 11, Hyderabad International Airport (HYD) operator GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) announced yesterday. The program is intended to boost cargo charter operations out of Hyderabad Air Cargo Terminal in support of GHIAL’s aims to develop HYD into a South Asian […]

The China-Russia connection: E-commerce demand supports a booming trade lane

Chinese express carriers have been making waves in the air cargo business for some time now, rapidly building up their freighter operations and innovating domestic express operations. Still, despite being the base for two of the world’s largest e-commerce companies – JD.com, which is often compared to Amazon for the high degree of control it […]

DSV sets its sights on major road acquisition 

With the major integration of DSV and Panalpina still underway, DSV Panalpina intends to continue pursuing growth through large mergers and acquisitions, with additions to its Road business likely next on the company’s radar. The news comes following the company’s most recent Board strategy session, hosted several weeks ago.  “Once we’re 12-18 months into the integration of Panalpina, and we […]

Asia sees ‘interesting mix of results’ in WorldACD August report

The trials in air cargo’s 2019 saga continued into August as WorldACD released its report indicating a decrease of almost 5% in international airfreight volumes year-over-year for the month of August.   WorldACD said that despite any semblance of hope that air cargo performance was less bad in July than in months before, August “brought the industry back to […]

ECS Group expands in Pacific with Wexco acquisition

French General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA) ECS Group announced the acquisition and integration of Wexco into its business. Wexco, a GSSA active in Australia and New Zealand, will enable ECS to expand its presence in the Australasia region. “Wexco is a well-established GSSA with a very good reputation in the Australia and New Zealand […]

Airports’ lackluster year continues with August volume declines

Preliminary results for August airport volumes worldwide are out, indicating continued market weakness across the globe. While air cargo holds out hope for conservative increases in volumes moving into the holiday season, the industry is also no longer holding its breath given continued tensions between China and the U.S. and looming Brexit concerns. All regions […]

Top 3 takeaways: Critical points for airports’ cargo infrastructure development

PARIS -- Despite this year’s challenging market environment, air cargo stakeholders continue to prepare for future demand and needs. At the Air Cargo Handling and Logistics Conference in Paris this week, ground handling and airport panelists spoke on issues critical to ensuring airports’ successful cargo infrastructure. Smart strategies are increasingly important as airports step into […]

Beijing’s giant new airport helps China rival US in the skies

(Bloomberg) — Just five years ago, Daxing was a dusty area of farmland to the south of Beijing, largely neglected by visitors to the city. That’s no longer the case, now that an enormous airport has emerged there to thrust China even closer to toppling the U.S. as the world’s biggest aviation market. Beijing Daxing […]

Do mixed August traffic reports for Asian carriers denote uptick in cargo?

In August’s first look, Asian carriers reported mixed year-over-year declines in cargo traffic. While the impact of volatile global trade relations contributed to most carriers reporting traffic declines for the month, a closer look at the numbers reflects that some airlines actually experienced slight recovery from July declines. Both Mainland China-based Air China and Singapore […]

Qantas, Cobham Aviation Services extend regional freight ops agreement

Qantas Freight has extended its agreement with Adelaide-based Cobham Aviation Services (CAvS) for regional freight service for six more years, CAvS announced today. The renewed agreement will commence on July 1, 2020 and will run on through June 30, 2026, with the option for an additional 12-month extension.  Under the agreement, Cobham will use its four Bae146-300QT regional aircraft to shuttle freight for […]
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