Lufthansa Group renews five-airline handling contract with Menzies Aviation at LHR 

Lufthansa Group has renewed its contract with Menzies Aviation, under which the ground handler will provide services to five airlines at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Menzies said this group contract is its largest contract at LHR.  The agreement outlines Menzies Aviation will provide delivery of passenger and ramp services for Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels […]

BRU has first decline in cargo volume in months, which strike may worsen

Today, Brussels Airport (BRU) released its January traffic results, in which volume decreased by 3.2 percent to about 55,000 tonnes, year-over-year. Meanwhile, a planned national strike to affect all of Belgium next week may exacerbate the slowdown. BRU has been gaining steam in its cargo efforts over the last few years, establishing itself as an alternative […]

Brussels Airlines to increase West African frequencies in 2019

Brussels Airlines is adjusting its route network, reallocating capacity from its Mumbai route – which will be canceled on Jan. 6, 2019 – to increase capacity to West African destinations. The carrier said it will launch an additional three flights per week to Banjul, Gambia, on Jan. 7 and will operate three out of the […]

Lufthansa to operate Brussels’ cargo capacity, while BRUcloud grows

Starting Sept. 1, 2018, Lufthansa Cargo will take the reins in selling affiliate Brussels Airlines’ cargo capacity. The move is expected to enhance two already complementary networks. Once it goes into effect, Brussels Airlines customers have access to Lufthansa Cargo’s route network, with about 300 destinations in more than 100 countries. In addition, Lufthansa’s customer […]

Brussels Airlines Cargo looks to translate CEIV-Pharma certification into more cargo

Brussels Airlines Cargo is the latest cargo carrier to earn IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Pharmaceuticals Logistics (CEIV-Pharma) certification, announcing today that it had finally wrapped up the months-long process of certification. The carrier operates out of Brussels Airport, which was one of the first European airports to establish itself as a […]

Lufthansa buys remaining 55 percent of Brussels Airlines

Lufthansa announced that it was exercising an option to buy the remaining 55 percent of Brussels Airlines for US$2.7 million. The deal adds 51 planes to the Lufthansa group, and expands its footprint in Africa, where Brussels Airlines flies to many sub-Saharan destinations. The Belgian carrier will become part of Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group, but neither […]

Lufthansa pulls the trigger on Brussels Airlines acquisition

Lufthansa announced that it will move forward on its anticipated takeover of Brussels Airlines. A notice from the Lufthansa Group posted yesterday stated that the German carrier planned to acquire the remaining 55 percent of shares it does not already own and wrap up the deal “at the beginning of 2017.” Lufthansa’s pithy release has […]

Terrorist attacks close Brussels Airport

Following terrorist attacks that killed at least 30 people and injured more than 200 hundred at Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek Metro station, all flights and other operations,  including cargo, have been cancelled, at least for the day, according to a statement from the airport. “On behalf of the entire airport community, I would like […]

Airlink launches ‘Help Is on the Way’

To date this year, Airlink, a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that links airlines with prequalified nonprofit organizations, has delivered just over US$1 million of donated lift, in support of 200 aid workers and 185,000 pounds of aid. The organization has supported eight major disasters so far this year, including flooding in Malawi, the Syrian refugee […]

The week in brief

The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo was completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of engines. MSN6101, which will be the first A320neo to fly, will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in September, paving the way for entry into […]
  • July 3, 2014

Africa airfreight down as carriers adjust to challenges

African airfreight tonnage fell by 2.7 percent in 2013, according to Airports Council International. South Africa’s economy in particular is suffering, and Johannesburg, Africa’s leading air cargo hub, saw a 5.4 percent drop in volume for the year. Ronel Rossouw, national cargo sales manager for South African Airways, says a weak rand and rising fuel […]