Market volatility spurs mixed results for May airport volumes

Global airports’ preliminary results for May indicate continued weakness across the board. However, a more nuanced look at individual airports’ volumes, compared to the month prior, shows mixed results as some have seen a slight reprieve in volumes while others have worsened. Overall, figures for the month demonstrate the sustained market volatility the air cargo industry […]

Cargolux strengthens South American presence with new Santiago route

On June 14, Cargolux Airlines reinstated its scheduled freighter service to Santiago (SCL) in Chile. The new scheduled freighter service, however, has been redesigned to offer four additional destinations as regular connections between Europe and South America.   The carrier will fly a weekly route connecting Luxembourg (LUX)-Viracopos (VCP)-SCL-Bogota (BOG)-Aguadilla (BQN), before returning to Cargolux’s LUX hub via Amsterdam […]

SIA Cargo expands pharma corridors, signs lease with SkyCell

Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo has boosted its pharma capabilities with the addition of Amsterdam (AMS) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to its THRUCOOL corridor network. The carrier has also signed a three-year lease agreement with temperature-controlled container provider SkyCell. Customers will now be able to choose SIA’s THRUCOOL service to transport pharmaceutical shipments from […]

WFS wins tender to operate at Atlanta airport

The giant air cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) won its tender to operate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (ATL) new Cargo Building C, just a day after the airport signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). ATL, plus other recent expansions in Europe and New York, will add an additional 700,000 […]

Amsterdam, Atlanta airports ink cargo trade and investment MoU

Today at Air Cargo Europe in Munich, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) intended to increase cooperation and trade between the two air cargo gateways. Beginning in September of this year and continuing through 2020, AMS and ATL will work to create the Atlanta Cargo […]

Turning point for slot scarcity at AMS with approval of new local rule

Today, Dutch Minister of Transport Cora van Niewenhuizen approved the implementation of a new local rule for airfreight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), after the enforcement of a 500,000 annual movement cap at the airport led many cargo operators to abandon AMS for nearby competitors. The long-awaited rule change is meant to support AMS’ competitive stance in the European airfreight market against […]

dnata strengthens BRU regional position with new cargo center

Today, Dubai-based ground handler dnata opened a new cargo center at Brussels Airport (BRU), strengthening the airport’s regional positioning with increased capacity and specialized facilities. dnata invested EUR €8 million in the development of 14,000 square-meter cargo center, which includes 4,500 square-meters of warehouse space and the capacity for 125,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. […]

Early results point to steep declines in February airport throughput

February cargo throughput results for the world’s airports are still being finalized, but early analysis indicates year-over-year drops in cargo volumes in Europe and Asia, while American airports are close to flat with February 2018 traffic. Almost all airports worldwide posted year-over-year declines in volume for February and declines or very modest growth overall for 2019.   The impacts of an uncertain global trade environment, volatile economic performance across multiple markets and Brexit […]

Budapest hosts Chinese delegation in bid for e-commerce business

Today, Budapest Airport (BUD) announced that it hosted a Chinese logistics and investment delegation – including representatives from the Shanghai Cross-border E-commerce Association (SCEA) and Invest Shanghai – during a one-day forum focused on e-commerce and cross-border cooperation. In its bid for Chinese business, BUD will face competition from airports in Europe, such as Liège […]

Global airport congestion increases in 2019, pushes carriers to consider new locations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2019 worldwide airport slot report showing increased congestion levels at major airports, which may push cargo providers to seek other airport options. A subsequent statement from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) said that tightening local regulations surrounding delayed and overnight flights are exacerbating congestion issues. According […]

Shifting economic conditions, mixed results in January airport throughput

Cargo throughput results for the beginning of 2019 were mixed, with certain regions performing significantly better than others. Airports in North America saw the majority of growth in cargo volumes in January, while airports in Mainland China saw modest rebounds and European airports experienced a continued decline in cargo volumes following an overall diminished 2018 […]

WFS to build new pharma facility in Copenhagen

Paris-based cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) announced its plans to build a new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Construction of the facility will begin in April. The new building will cover an area of 1,500 square meters equipped with temperature-controlled facilities for 2°C to 8°C pharmaceutical products. The building will be accessible through […]

WFS gains CEIV-Pharma cert at AMS

This week, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) gained its CEIV certification from IATA for pharmaceuticals-handling at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), where the ground handler provides temperature-controlled storage for pharma clients that require environments that must stay with the ranges of 2-8°C and 15-25°C. AMS serves as a critical link in the trans-European pharma cold-chain for many […]

Airports underperform industry cargo growth in December first look

December cargo throughput results for the world’s airport are still trickling in, but early analysis indicates an overall diminished peak season for air freight. With only a couple of exceptions in Europe and Asia, volumes and traffic across most airports posted year-over-year declines in volume for December, and declines or very modest growth overall for […]
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