Swissport opens Brussels pharma center

Ground services provider Swissport opened its new Pharma Center at Brussels Airport (BRU) on Tuesday, the company announced. The BRU facility is Swissport’s most technologically advanced pharmaceutical handling center to-date and offers 3,620 square meters of temperature-controlled warehouse space adjacent to Swissport’s current facility at BRU. The facility includes two areas for different temperature ranges […]

Brussels launches new perishables management app on BRUCloud 

 Brussels Airport’s (BRU) cargo division advanced its digital and perishable capabilities today with the pilot launch of a digital “Perishable Management App” on its open data sharing BRUCloud platform.    The new Perishable Management application is intended to simplify work for the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) and forwarders by offering a […]

Saudia Cargo renews and expands WFS handling contracts in Europe and North America  

Saudia Cargo awarded a multi-station ramp handling contract to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) that covers airports in Europe and the United States, WFS announced today.  The three-year agreement extends the Middle Eastern carrier’s existing cargo–handling agreements with WFS at airports in Western Europe and North America, such as Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA), John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and Washington Dulles International (IAD).  In […]

Swissport extends facility lease at Heathrow 

Swissport has extended its lease at SEGRO’s Heathrow Cargo Center at Heathrow Airport (LHR), U.K.-based development company SEGRO announced yesterday.  The Swiss cargo handler signed a new agreement extending the lease of a 104,000 square foot warehouse unit by ten years. The new agreement includes a clause that will allow SEGRO to redevelop the Cargo Center in line with proposed expansion plans to be put forth […]

Sichuan Airlines plans new international frequencies with A330 freighters 

Sichuan Airlines announced that it took delivery of its first A330-200F aircraft from BOC Aviation late last week. This is not only Sichuan Airlines’ first freighter but is the first A330F for any mainland Chinese carrier.  Sichuan Airlines also told our sister site, Cargo Facts, its plans to commence scheduled operations with its A330Fs in October – […]

Swissport, Brussels Airport plan new pharma center

Today, Swissport announced its plans to develop a new pharmaceutical center at Brussels Airport (BRU).  Swissport’s pharmaceutical center will provide 25,000 square meters of warehouse space, offices and 3,620 square meters of space for temperature-sensitive biopharmaceutical products. The warehouse space will include an automated Material Handling System (MHS), 50 truck loading bays, “speed gates” for air cargo and a four-story office […]

New LATAM Cargo service connects Copenhagen and Latin America

Today, LATAM Cargo announced the launch of a new freighter service between Copenhagen and Latin America. According to the carrier, it is also the first airline to offer direct service between Scandinavia and South America.  LATAM Cargo will operate an initial weekly service with a 767-300F, connecting Copenhagen (CPH)-Viracopos (VCP)-Montevideo (MVD)-Santiago (SCL)-Quito (UIO) before returning to CPH via […]

Kalitta Air ditches JFK, launches freighter services from smaller Stewart Airport

This week, U.S.-based ACMI and charter operator Kalitta Air launched new scheduled freighter services connecting Los Angeles International (LAX) to Stewart Airport (SWF), in support of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Beyond the increased capacity these services provide, the new flights' routes demonstrate the growth of a trend that started earlier this year: air […]

Usage of BRUCloud’s slot-booking application evolves

More than a year since BRUcloud’s launch of its Slot Booking Application (SBA) for air cargo stakeholders at Brussels International Airport (BRU), at the beginning of 2018, users of the service are saying that the app has benefited their operations and are convinced that slot-booking is the way forward, but there is still some room for improvement.  As Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport Co. – the company […]

Liberia breaks ground on new cargo terminal in efforts to become regional hub

Liberian joint venture company Global Logistics Services Inc. and National Aviation Services (GLS-NAS) broke ground on the construction of a US$11 million cargo terminal at Roberts International Airport (ROB). The new facility is intended to position ROB as a hub for cargo in West Africa’s Mano River sub region by strengthening and growing its cargo […]

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. […]

Cathay Pacific joins Pharma.Aero initiative

Today, Cathay Pacific Airlines became a full member of the Pharma.Aero initiative, a cross-industry collaboration for pharmaceutical shippers, CEIV-certified cargo communities, airports, forwarders and other air cargo industry stakeholders. Pharma.Aero was initially formed between Brussels (BRU) and Miami International (MIA) airports in 2016, and seeks to improve reliable, end-to-end air transportation and handling of high-value, […]

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 […]

Top 5 ground handling innovations streamlining scattered operations

This post continues our feature on the top five innovations in ground handling and focuses on the physical infrastructure and technologies supporting the air cargo industry. Actually moving cargo requires physical infrastructure. Autonomous vehicles, specialized facilities and unmanned aerial vehicles can aid in ensuring the quality of goods is protected, while supporting the processes necessary […]
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