India releases first-ever air cargo policy

This morning, India released its new air cargo policy – the first air cargo-specific policy for the country –at the Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai. “We are trying to make a policy for air cargo so that the aviation market can grow, which, in turn, will boost the trade and economy of the country,” said […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 15, 2019

Union-backed security strikes at German airports disrupt cargo ops

Following strikes at Berlin’s Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF) airports on Jan. 7, more German union-backed strikes took place yesterday, Jan. 10, at Cologne (CGN), Dusseldorf (DUS) and Stuttgart (STR) airports. About 600 flights at the three airports were cancelled yesterday, according to FlightStats. Germany’s largest trade union, Verdi, is in continued negotiations with the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 11, 2019

Volume at LHR decreases 8 percent in December, y-o-y

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) released its end-of-the-year results, kicking off a highly anticipated 2019 (read: the year the Brexit ax drops) with some similarly anxiety-inducing cargo traffic figures. Volume at LHR during December decreased 3.6 percent to 132,005 tonnes, year-over-year, and was essentially flat, growing just 0.1 percent for the whole year, to 1.66 million […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 11, 2019

Cargo pallet catches fire at HKG, cause uncertain

On Jan. 8, a cargo pallet caught fire at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Cause of the fire remains uncertain, but airport authorities have arrested a man connected to the incident for further questioning. The cargo pallet caught fire outside HKG’s midfield terminal while awaiting loading onto a Hong Kong Airlines plane set for Taipei […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 10, 2019

Overall air cargo demand is flat, but certain pockets thrive

The 31-month streak of year-over-year increases in demand for air freight had to end sometime, and that time has now arrived, according to the latest roundup of November 2018 air cargo totals from IATA, as well as from cargo analysts WorldACD. However, while the current trade environment and flat macro-economic averages portray a grim picture […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 8, 2019

Phase one of Hermes 5 implementation completed at LUX

Today, U.K.-based Hermes Logistics Technologies announced that Luxembourg Airport (LUX) finished the first phase of the installation of its Hermes 5 (H5) cargo management system . LUX began to implement the H5 Cargo system in October 2018 and expects the process to be fully completed by mid-2019. The H5 system, customized for Luxembourg-based ground handler, […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 8, 2019

Hong Kong, Brussels airports to form cool-chain corridor with Pharma.Aero

Today, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), Brussels Airport (BRU) and Pharma.Aero – a group centered around upholding pharma shipping standards – released news of a three-way collaboration to launch a pharma corridor that will create a seamless cold-chain link between the two major international airfreight hubs. Shipments travelling along the route will be handled in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 7, 2019

Runway enhancements to begin at Shreveport Regional Airport

Today, construction work will begin on a project that will extend Shreveport Regional Airport’s (SHV) second runway by 850 feet, to 7,000 feet. The project is funded in part by a U.S. $16 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, and will be used to improve efficiency, and to minimize cargo and passenger flight disruptions […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 7, 2019

Chengdu is newest site for SF Express hub

SF Express plans to develop a cargo hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), following the Dec. 25 signing of a joint venture agreement between SF Express’ parent company SF Holdings, the Chengdu Municipal Government and Sichuan Airport Group, according to the municipal government. Once operational, the hub will operate as a multi-modal gateway to […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 3, 2019

FedEx drops plans to serve Cuba, citing chilled U.S. relations

In another sign of cooling relations between the United States and Cuba, FedEx Corp. said yesterday that it will no longer pursue scheduled cargo service to the Caribbean island nation, ending a more-than-two-year effort to establish overnight courier service to the former Cold War adversary. According to Bloomberg, FedEx issued a statement on Wednesday, saying […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 3, 2019

SpiceJet launches new perishables service from GAU

This week, SpiceFresh, a subsidiary of SpiceJet that partners directly with farmers, launched a dedicated freight service to transport fresh produce. To mark the occasion, two flights flew 1 tonne each of mandarin oranges from Guwahati International Airport (GAU), to Hong Kong (HKG) and Dubai (DBX), according to Times of India and a Twitter statement […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 3, 2019

FedEx to modernize and expand hubs at MEM, IND

FedEx recently released its “2018 Annual report” and filed several permit applications announcing plans to modernize and expand its FedEx Express hubs at Memphis (MEM) and Indianapolis (IND) international airports. The company reported expected capital expenditures for 2019 at approximately US$5.6 billion, to include FedEx Express investments in aircraft fleet modernization and the Memphis and […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 31, 2018

The top 10 most-read Air Cargo World articles in 2018

With 2019 just a few days away, we at Air Cargo World would like to pause to reflect on this mostly positive but tumultuous year in air cargo – a year of airfreight traffic booms, labor concerns and a strong peak season, tempered by the chill winds of global protectionism and looming Brexit worries for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 28, 2018

VINCI Airports acquires majority shareholding in LGW

Yesterday, VINCI Airports signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited, the parent company of London Gatwick Airport (LGW). The new agreement grants VINCI Airports, as a subsidiary of French company VINCI Concessions, 50.01 percent from current shareholders, leaving the other 49.99 percent to be managed by U.S.-based Global Infrastructure Partners. […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 28, 2018
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