Virgin Atlantic begins flying to Tel Aviv

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is now offering up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on daily flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Tel Aviv (TLV). The new service began on Wednesday, Virgin Atlantic said in a press release. As the carrier announced earlier this year, Israel-based air cargo sales agent WTA Aviation will be responsible for […]

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 […]

Determining smart technology use in air cargo charter bookings

Thanks to the influx of venture capital making its way into logistics in 2019, new platforms allow for everything from basic track-and-trace of air cargo shipments to direct ebooking. However, complex air cargo charters may need to combine new and old technologies to operate most efficiently, Dan Morgan-Evans, group cargo director at Air Charter Service […]

WestJet embargoes lithium battery shipments

Following this week’s news that Calgary-based WestJet Cargo will move its domestic cargo sales operations in-house, the carrier also said that effective immediately, it has embargoed all shipments containing lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries until further notice. A WestJet spokesperson said the transition to in-house sales has allowed the carrier “greater visibility and control over [its] […]

Silk Way West launches new 747F service from Oslo

On Friday, Baku-based Silk Way West Airlines will begin operating its new 747-400 freighter service from Oslo Airport (OSL) in support of salmon exports, state-owned airport operator Avinor announced. The weekly service will depart OSL on Fridays with connections “throughout the whole Far East via Baku,” Silk Way West’s hub airport, a statement from the […]

India’s SpiceJet targets cargo unit IPO amid e-commerce boom

(Bloomberg) — Indian budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd. plans to sell shares in its logistics business in an initial public offering, as the rise of e-commerce drives demand for fast shipping across the region. The one-year-old cargo division, known as SpiceXpress, could be listed on a stock exchange within 12 months, SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh said […]

Brexit logistics: Preparing for the unexpected

With just over a month to go before the U.K. is set to leave the European Union – colloquially referred to as "Brexit" – uncertainty continues to reign, much as it did in June 2016 when the U.K. voted to leave the E.U. Plan or no plan, will the break occur on Oct. 31 or […]

Laredo Airport set for cargo apron renovation, expanded customs program

Southern Texas’ Laredo International Airport (LRD) plans to leverage a federal grant received last week to rehabilitate its cargo apron, Airport Director Jeffrey Miller told Air Cargo World. Miller also added that the airport is pursuing a new customs program that would enable easier cross-border operations between the U.S. and Mexico. LRD’s awarded federal grant […]

Magma Aviation to begin new 747F service between Rwanda and Belgium

United Kingdom-based Magma Aviation, which manages widebody freighter operations primarily to Africa and North America, is launching a new 747 freighter service between its base at Liège Airport (LGG) in Belgium to Rwanda’s Kigali Airport (KGL). The weekly service will begin on Oct. 2, according to a notice from GSA International Airline Partners B.V. According […]

WestJet doubles down on cargo, insources domestic sales ops as international network grows

On Oct. 1, Calgary-headquartered WestJet Cargo will begin transitioning domestic cargo sales ops to a newly established in-house sales team. Previously, domestic and Canadian export sales were handled through a GSA partner.   Growth of the internal cargo team follows WestJet’s January decision to increase the visibility and expectations of its cargo division by bringing it under the “commercial” […]

Cargolux increases fuel surcharge

Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux is increasing its fuel surcharge as of Sept. 30, according to a notice from the carrier today. Cargolux is adjusting the fuel surcharge to €0.65 per kilogram, or its equivalent in local currency, based on chargeable weight of the shipment. Earlier notices indicate the surcharge has ranged from €0.55-0.65 during 2019. […]
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