Lufthansa Cargo, Fraport Ground Services renew contract through 2025

Lufthansa Cargo AG and Fraport AG Ground Services have signed a contract to extend their ground-handling partnership at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) for eight more years. The agreement, extending from January 2018 to December 2025, covers aircraft ground handling – particularly the loading and unloading of Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter aircraft. Transportation of cargo to and from […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 17, 2017

Volume growth slows at Fraport’s airports in October

The steady growth story at Fraport Group’s airports appears to be winding down at last, as cargo volumes at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) rose by only 0.7 percent, year-over-year, in October to 192,263 tonnes. The slowdown in growth is hardly cause for alarm, however, as October’s total cargo volumes at FRA rank as the second-highest […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 10, 2017

Cargo puts Fraport on track to meet 5 percent growth targets for 2017

Fraport’s executive board chairman Stefan Schulte said that, based on performance over the first nine months of the year, the airport operator is “absolutely on course to achieve our annual targets.” The company expects to meet its 5 percent growth target for 2017, in part, due to a strong increase in cargo volumes, up 5.1 […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 2, 2017

Robust German economy keeps Frankfurt cargo volumes climbing

The German government increased its 2017 economic growth forecast this week to 2 percent for this year, up from its more conservative 1.5 percent estimate in April as the country’s economy steams ahead. At Frankfurt Airport (FRA), a 4.1 percent, year-over-year, growth in monthly cargo volumes for September support that outlook, as strong demand for […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 12, 2017

Frankfurt Airport cargo volumes rise in August

Like most European airports this summer, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) reported another rise in cargo volume in August, compared with the same month last year.  aAirport owner and manager, Fraport AG, reported a 5.4 percent increase, year-over-year, to 181,102 metric tonnes in August. The German airport also set a new August record for an accumulate maximum […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 12, 2017

LUG announces new links in Frankfurt cold-chain services

In its most recent efforts to strengthen its cool-chain operations, ground-handler LUG aircargo handling is expanding its temperature-controlled Health Care Center for pharmaceutical transport at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The first step of the Health Care Center’s expansion will increase its size to 650 square meters, with eight rooms offering storage temperatures in a wide range […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 25, 2017

Strong exports drive Hong Kong Airport cargo volume growth

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported year-over-year growth in cargo volumes of 11 percent in July, as volumes rose to 422,000 tonnes, with improvements in global trade. Exports supported most of that growth as they increased by 15 percent in July, while transshipments rose by 10 percent. July’s increase in HKIA’s cargo volumes is slightly […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 14, 2017

LUG takes over Etihad’s Frankfurt, Munich cargo handling

Ground handler LUG aircargo will take over freight handling operations for Etihad at Munich this month, and will assume the carrier’s Frankfurt Airport operations in March. Etihad entered into a code-share agreement with Lufthansa between the same airports late last year, creating the potential for Lufthansa freight to move between Germany and Etihad’s Abu Dhabi […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 10, 2017

AirBridgeCargo becomes largest all-cargo carrier at Schiphol

AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ 1,000-plus 747 freighter flights into Amsterdam Schiphol and Frankfurt airports made the all-cargo carrier Schiphol’s largest all-cargo customer, and second only to KLM in terms of total cargo volumes for the year. It is also the second biggest cargo carrier in Frankfurt. The announcement mirrors Schiphol’s own news that it had set a […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 13, 2017

ELEVATE panelists discuss rising importance of innovation in logistics

MIAMI – Air Cargo World kicked off the inaugural session of its very first ELEVATE Airfreight Conference this week with a panel discussion titled “The Rise of Air Cargo Innovation.” Panelists agreed the industry is nearing an inflection point, and the flatness of the air cargo industry is finally starting to gain dimensionality. No longer will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 13, 2016

The politics of turmoil: Overcoming global supply chain disruption

When word spread through social media that rebel factions in the Turkish Army had taken both bridges crossing the Bosporus, Ömer’s mind jumped to airfreight arriving at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport and containers sitting on the docks at a port to the city’s south for which he was responsible. “Containers were left on the dock, everything […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 4, 2016

‘Innovation Space’ wins Frankfurt Airport’s first innovation challenge

High-tech solutions to problems we didn’t even realize we faced tend to grab both headlines and funding as companies compete for market share in an increasingly online economy. But at Frankfurt Airport’s first innovation challenge event, the jury “reaffirmed that virtual space cannot fully replace real space.” The winner, called “Innovation Space,” builds on the […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 15, 2016

Fraport cargo traffic strong despite dips in pax numbers

Fraport, which operates Frankfurt Airport, and owns a 50 percent stake in Turkey’s Antalya Airport, among others, missed its passenger targets in the second quarter of 2016, but it still registered an uptick in its cargo over the same period. At Frankfurt, Q2 cargo increased by 2.3 percent, year-over-year, to 528,712 tonnes and was up […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 5, 2016

Frankfurt Airport builds on momentum

The introduction of a curfew that banned freighter flights during the night could not knock Frankfurt airport off its perch as Europe’s top gateway for air cargo, despite dire warnings that this would cripple the airport and send cargo to other European hubs. Nor can a decline in in cargo traffic, it seems. Frankfurt’s throughput […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • May 5, 2016
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