China-UK railroad corridor spells trouble for airfreight

The first container train from China reached the U.K. today, arriving at the London Eurohub in Barking. Completed in 18 days, the rail transit connection threatens to disrupt China-Europe supply chains, with airfreight appearing especially vulnerable. The 10,000- to 12,000-kilometer transit takes 12 to 18 days, depending on the route used, and is attractive for […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 18, 2017

Mauritius heads off Brexit downturn with airfreight rebates

When Great Britain voted to break away from the European Union, many knew the “Brexit” would have far-reaching effects on the world economy – but perhaps not quite this far. The tiny island nation of Mauritius, for example, said it will launch an airfreight rebate program, called the “Speed-to-Market Scheme” (STMS), to incentivize apparel exports […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 9, 2017

EU Airports on track for strong 2016

EU air cargo volumes remained buoyant into the month of November, with exceptions such as Frankfurt reflecting a pilot’s strike, rather than long-term downturns. In the UK, Heathrow’s cargo volumes rose 4.4 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) making it Britain’s largest port, with almost 30 percent of UK exports by value. Heathrow did brisk trade with China, […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 13, 2016

Tough market pressure lowers IAG Q3 operating profit

For the last three months, IAG Cargo saw cargo tonne kilometers rise 5.4 percent, year-over-year, to 1.3 billion, while total tonnes of cargo carried fell 18.8 percent, y-o-y, suggesting that the carrier flew less volume longer distances. This, and other factors, led to a third-quarter decline in operating profits of €1.21 billion before exceptional items […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 28, 2016

Expand Heathrow or lose business, FTA warns, as decision looms

Great Britain will lose airfreight and other related business to the European Union if it fails to remain “connected with its world markets through a global hub,” the U.K. freight advocacy group Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned. Translation: Make a choice between expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, post-haste. “In a post-Brexit world, Britain cannot rely on […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 19, 2016

U.K., China clear unlimited cargo flights

An agreement last week to remove limits on the number of cargo flights between the United Kingdom and China is an encouraging signal that post-Brexit policy makers are serious about exploring, or expanding, trade routes outside of the Euro zone. Additional flights “will provide massive opportunities for our businesses, helping increase trade, create jobs and […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 18, 2016

U.K.-based carriers, airports search for Brexit signs

Last month’s British vote to bow out of the European Union has unleashed political turmoil across the nation. In the logistics industry, responses to the “Brexit” have been less dramatic, but operators are bracing themselves for tough and uncertain times ahead. Initial reactions showed consternation and confusion in the face of an outcome that had […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • August 2, 2016

Can London’s mayor break the airport expansion logjam?

Who says the Brits can’t make a decision on airport expansion? London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, who took office in May, has dropped his predecessor’s objections and approved the expansion of London City Airport. The airport has been granted planning permission for its $451.3 million expansion, allowing it to increase passenger traffic from 4.3 million […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 29, 2016

U.K. politicians say further delay on airport expansion costly

Politicians anticipating a long-awaited decision on an expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick airports have turned up the heat on the U.K.’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May. A report by a cross-party Commons body claims that vacillation over a new runway is costing the UK up to US$7.9 million a day. The pressure has been […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 25, 2016

U.S. hedge fund submits plans to resurrect Manston Airport

U.S.-based hedge fund RiverOak has submitted an outline for its plans to redevelop Manston Airport in the southeast of the U.K. The plans will be opened to public comment later this month, according to local media. RiverOak says it will reveal more details regarding its plans for freight operations at the airport, but that the […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 11, 2016

Europe air cargo numbers rise in May

An ACI report released yesterday revealed that airfreight traffic across the European airport network grew by 2.8 percent in May. However, the fortunes of the EU airports were the extent of the good news, accounting for 3.8 percent of growth, while non-EU airports registered a 4.4 percent decline. Across Europe, results were mixed. The largest […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 7, 2016

Heathrow non-decision angers airfreight groups

The British government has kicked the proverbial can down the road yet again, deferring the decision on the Heathrow Airport expansion until October of this year. The latest excuse? The Brexit, of course. Prime Minister David Cameron was expected to make a decision this month on whether or not to expand either Heathrow or Gatwick […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 30, 2016

BIFA to Cameron: Stop delaying Heathrow expansion decision

Brexit or no Brexit, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has had enough. In an urgent message to the British government, BIFA said Prime Minister David Cameron’s administration, before it steps down in September, must stop delaying and move forward with the recommendations made by the Airports Commission by building more capacity at Heathrow Airport. […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 27, 2016

Signs of post-Brexit turbulence ahead for U.K. airfreight

Shortly after the last votes were counted last Thursday, favoring the U.K.’s exit from the European Union by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent, a slew of graphs appeared online parsing out the nuances of the complicated event. Examined in conjunction, the numbers uncovered some startling trends – most of them troubling for […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 27, 2016
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