Manston Airport project decision faces delay

Plans to develop Manston Airport (MSE) in southeast England into a cargo hub have been postponed again following an extension of the development consent order (DCO) decision deadline to May 18.   The announcement came from Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport Nusrat Ghani in a statement to the U.K. House of Commons on Thursday. The latest deadline prior to the announcement required a decision by Saturday, but Ghani indicated the delay is […]

The 2019 Air Cargo Executive of the Year is DSV Panalpina’s Jens Bjorn Andersen

Early in 2019, speculation ran rampant over the future of Panalpina. The Swiss forwarder had faced several difficult quarters, with declines in profit exacerbated by overall market weakness and demand declines in some of the forwarder’s higher-yield verticals. Enter DSV. Unsolicited, Panalpina’s Danish logistics rival submitted a takeover offer to Panalpina’s board, valuing Panalpina at […]

December traffic reflects bleak year for European carriers

European carriers’ preliminary traffic results for December indicate protracted market weakness due to global trade uncertainty continued through the end of 2019. Air France-KLM, Lufthansa Group and International Airlines Group reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic. Only Turkish Cargo reported volume growth for the month. In 2019, three of the four carriers tracked by Air […]

FAA responds to US carriers’ exemption requests for Middle East ops

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded Jan. 10 to several U.S.-based air cargo and express carriers requesting exemption from the FAA’s initial Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning U.S. carriers from flying in certain Middle East regions last week. In its response, the FAA included the issuance of a new NOTAM superseding the original and […]

SATS wins 25-year cargo terminal concession in Riyadh

SATS Saudi Arabia Company, a subsidiary of parent ground handling service provider SATS, has won a cargo terminal concession in Riyadh International Airport (RUH), the Main Board-listed company announced in a bourse filing this morning. The move is intended to establish a cargo corridor for the company in the Middle East linking Oman, Dammam and […]

IATA November report suggests airfreight approaching edge of storm

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released preliminary data for November indicating total industry-wide cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% year over year. Despite the decline in demand, IATA said November’s performance was the best since March 2019, and reflects the growing importance of large e-commerce events such as Singles […]

Flexport shares top 5 dangerous goods mistakes to avoid with new regulations

While dangerous goods (DG) are a continual security challenge for stakeholders in logistics and air cargo, lithium batteries have again come to the forefront of concern following the COSCO PACIFIC ocean container ship fire that took place earlier this week, caused by a misdeclared lithium battery. Considering accidents like this involving DG, as well as […]

Fire halts air traffic to Norway’s Stavanger Airport

A fire broke out in the massive parking garage of Norway’s Stavanger Airport (SVG) causing the airport to close yesterday evening at 5 p.m. local time. All flights to SVG were either cancelled or rerouted to nearby airports, such as Haugesund (HAU), as a result. Flights to the airport today have resumed mostly normal traffic […]

British Airways embargoes dog shipments

British Airways has temporarily suspended bookings for transporting dogs as cargo on flights. The carrier announced the news after a dog was found to have been carried in the wrong sized crate, according to local British media. The airline is currently investigating the incident, during which time it will not accept bookings for dogs to […]

Airports’ November volumes signal potential turning point for industry

Airports across the world have released information on November cargo volumes, showing improvements to volumes to end a difficult year. Although the seasonal uptick in volume during the holidays is to be expected, IATA pointed out in its monthly trend report that load factors’ steady improvement by 2 to 2.5 percentage points from August to […]

SF Express seeks to expand Indian market base with new service

SF Airlines, SF Express’ carrier arm, has launched a second direct cargo flight to India, this time connecting Shenzhen (SZX) to New Delhi (DEL), effective as of Dec. 31, 2019. The new service operates twice weekly onboard the company’s 747-400 freighter aircraft with capacity for around 400 tonnes of cargo weekly. The new SZX-DEL route […]

Dimerco investment in Elanders Group subsidiary aimed at expanding global ops

Taiwan-based Dimerco Express Group has announced a joint venture with a 25% investment in Swedish public company Elanders Group’s German subsidiary ITG Air & Sea GmbH, effective Jan. 1, 2020. The subsidiary investment is intended to allow both companies to expand their 25-year-long business cooperation in support of growing their respective global operations. ITG Air […]
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