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, […]

Brussels launches pharma dolly to reduce airside temperature excursions

PARIS – For much of the morning on day one of TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum, a red curtain surrounded a mysterious adjunct to the Brussels Airport (BRU) booth. When the afternoon arrived, and the curtain was finally lifted, Brussels introduced its newest Airside Pharma Transporter to the world. At the same time, the airport revealed […]

How to find the right team to foster logistics innovation

Photo: Gort Productions MIAMI – When it comes to innovation in the airfreight industry, there are technological advances and there are process improvements. Both are equally important to the bottom line of a logistics firm, but they must have the right team in place to ensure that the benefits are sustainable, according to last week’s […]

Brussels cargo bounces back in August

August cargo volumes at Brussels Airport have fully recovered, with positive growth for the first time since the terrorist attacks that crippled the airport in March of this year. Cargo traffic for the month grew by 6.6 percent to 39,848 tonnes, compared to August 2015. The airport’s full-freighter segment posted even more impressive numbers, growing […]

Brussels’ cargo growth hits double digits

Cargo growth thus far in 2015 at Brussels Airport is up by almost 10 percent over the same period in 2014. For the period beginning in January and ending in June, total cargo volume at BRU this year reached 245,000 tonnes, versus 223,000 tonnes at the same point in 2014. June 2015, alone, saw a […]

Finnair Cargo breaks ground on CNC

Finnair Cargo achieved two important milestones last week: The carrier laid the cornerstone of its new Cool Nordic Cargo (CNC) facility at Helsinki Airport and officially become the first airline to earn certification of its cool-chain operations via IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical program, a.k.a. CEIV-Pharma. The €80 million CNC facility, […]

BRUcargo, Thomas More College add logistics training

Belgium’s Thomas More College and Brussels Airport Company have joined together to expand the college’s “Logistics Management” studies to include airfreight. Through business internships at BRUcargo, the freight division of Brussels Airport, students will learn about the logistics business in and around the airport. BRUcargo will develop curriculum related to airfreight and develop practical assignments […]

SDV to certify 16 pharma locations under CEIV

Recognizing the importance of cargo safety and security, U.K.-based forwarder SDV was one of the first to participate in the 2014 pharmaceutical certification program at Brussels Airport. Subsequently, SDV has decided to pursue certification for an additional 16 major air hubs in Europe, Asia, North America and South Africa, via IATA’s Center of Excellence for […]

Cool School: Inside the CEIV-Pharma certification program

There is a saying, “You never truly know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” That’s the basic idea behind the International Air Transport Association’s ambitious Center of Excellence for Independent Validators program for the handling of pharmaceutical materials. The somewhat new “CEIV-Pharma” certification, as it is known, has been created to ensure […]

Brussels Airport reports robust first quarter

Thanks to strategic investment in cargo traffic, Brussels airport saw a 9.7 percent increase in Q1 2015 year-over-year compared to 2014. This year, more than 120,000 tonnes were handled at Brussels compared to about 109,500 tonnes in 2014. For the month of March, the airport was up 8.2 percent over March 2014, with nearly 43,800 […]

Brussels Airport works toward IATA-certified pharma

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision of Brussels Airport to become the first European hub for pharmaceutical freight using IATA’s global certification program for shipping cold chain pharmaceuticals. The IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) is a standardized global certification program that trains and conducts onsite assessments to provide […]

Brussels punching above its weight

The geopolitical capital of Europe it may be, but Brussels also wants to take on a more central role as a European cargo gateway. It’s a tough call, ring-fenced as it is by the heavyweights of Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London and Paris. While they push through annual tonnages measured by the million, the Belgium airport accounts […]