Elbow room: Alerting governments about the airport space crunch

Airport consultants say that if you’ve seen one airport, you’ve seen… one airport. In other words, not all airports are alike, and each one possesses its unique challenges. But recently, during a regional outreach event sponsored by the Airforwarders Association and hosted by the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, audience members confronted a standard issue they […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 3, 2017

FedEx braces for unprecedented holiday volumes as e-commerce sales surge

FedEx expects to handle between 380 million and 400 million packages this holiday season, positioning the Memphis-based integrator at the epicenter of yet another record-breaking holiday season in 2017. Citing “changing market dynamics related to the growth of e-commerce,” FedEx said it expects the highest surges in demand to occur on Mondays, more than doubling […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 3, 2017

The Plum Blossom Soars: How Taiwan’s largest cargo carrier makes freighters work

On the tail of every China Airlines aircraft, blazoned across the vertical stabilizer, there is an image of the iconic pink and white plum blossom. The flower is symbolic not only as the official flower of Taiwan, where China Airlines is based. It is also revered for its robustness and ability to endure harsh winter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 2, 2017

British forwarders demand ‘action, not words’ as Heathrow congestion worsens

Congestion at the Heathrow Airport’s cargo center has gotten so bad that local police are now turning away vehicles, prompting complaints from U.K.-based forwarders that they are “enduring misery on a daily basis,” according to Robert Keen, the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) director general. In a letter published today on BIFA’s website, Keen said […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 2, 2017

WFS lifts November spirits with 3,000 tonnes of wine

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is well into the annual delivery of France’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine ahead of Beaujolais Nouveau Day on Nov. 16. This year, WFS is coordinating delivery of more than 3,000 tonnes of the wine to customers in Asia. Beaujolais Nouveau Day is traditionally held on the third Thursday of November each year, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 2, 2017

Ready for Takeoff: The world’s top 50 cargo airports prepare for e-commerce

The previous year was not expected to be a particularly promising one in terms of air cargo at the world’s airports. The industry had just been through about 15 years of steady, but modest growth, in the range of 3 to 4 percent each year. With the specter of the Brexit and a rise in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 1, 2017

IATA, WorldACD: Volume growth rates tap the brakes in September

While freight rates hit their highest level since January in September, according to Drewry’s East-West Airfreight Price Index, year-over-year volume growth slowed to its lowest rate in months, with WorldACD reporting September y-o-y growth of 8.8 percent and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reporting 9.2 percent growth. The slow-down in growth comes as little […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 1, 2017

Drewry: Peak season boosts September freight rates – finally

Airfreight’s peak season is finally being reflected in freight rates for East-West routes. After remaining surprisingly flat through August, airfreight rates rose to their highest average rate since January with a seasonal boost, climbing to US$2.68 for September, according to Drewry’s East-West Airfreight Price Index. This brings airfreight rates to about where they were last […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 1, 2017

5 most anticipated airport cargo capacity expansions

As demand continues to increase for air cargo and e-commerce, the world’s airports are preparing to expand where possible to handle the expected load. Here is a list of some of the most eagerly awaited airport projects that will help expand global airfreight capacity.   1) Chicago, U.S. — DHL’s Global Gateway Facility Just last […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 31, 2017

European shippers demand IATA act to defend freighter operations

The European Shippers Council (ESC) is warning that slot-allocation policies at major airports will “immediately hurt the rest of the supply chain, hamper the economic investment climate, and result in a loss of jobs” unless policies are changed to accommodate full freighter operations. For example, with freighter flights at Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) facing a 20 […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 31, 2017

DHL adds global gateway facility to O’Hare cargo development

DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.” The new […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 30, 2017

After 16 years, KLM resumes flights to Mumbai’s CSIA adding belly freight to busy route

After a 16-year hiatus, KLM is relaunching service to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), connecting Amsterdam to India with three weekly flights. While the route’s added passenger connectivity has garnered much attention, KLM’s choice of a 787-9 widebody aircraft on the route has cargo implications as well, with belly capacity of more than 6 […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 30, 2017

IATA carrier business confidence outlook strongest in the last decade

In its most recent quarterly survey of airline business confidence, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) found that 80 percent of airline CFOs and heads of cargo saw an improvement in third-quarter profitability compared with the same quarter of 2016 – making it the strongest outcome IATA has seen in a decade. Demand for airfreight […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 27, 2017

Rising demand, cost-cutting program help Lufthansa soar in Q3

In the latest instance of a carrier benefiting from the global surge in demand for airfreight, The Lufthansa Group said its earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the third quarter of 2017 reached  €21 million, compared to a loss of €17 million in Q3 of 2016. The German carrier said that, apart from the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 26, 2017
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