Saudi Arabia to establish special economic zone in Riyadh

This week, Saudi Arabia announced the establishment of a new Special Economic Zone called the “Integrated Logistics Bonded Zone” (ILBZ), at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport (RUH). The ILBZ will focus on integrated logistics and will enjoy special rules and regulations aimed at attracting more multinational companies to Saudi Arabia. In 2016, Saudi Arabia declared […]

Saudia Cargo chooses ATC Aviation as GSSA for South Africa

A few weeks after appointing Omar Hariri as its new CEO, Jeddah-based Saudia Cargo has today chosen ATC Aviation Services as the new general sales and service agent (GSSA) for the carrier’s cargo operations in South Africa. The service is set to begin on May 1. Frankfurt-based ATC Aviation Services now has a worldwide portfolio […]

UPS expands time-critical shipments with guaranteed midday delivery

UPS said it is expanding its time-critical delivery service, offering guaranteed delivery by either 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. from all 71 origin countries to 35 key destination countries. The new service, called UPS Worldwide Express Freight Midday, guarantees time-definite delivery for urgent, international, palletized shipments weighing more than 68 kilograms (150 pounds). “We have […]

Crane Worldwide expands Middle East presence with Saudi office

Houston-based Crane Worldwide Logistics is opening another office, this one located in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, as part of the customs brokerage and logistics company’s strategy to establish offices in what it sees as up-and-coming logistics hubs. Gerard Ryan, regional vice president of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa for Crane Worldwide, said that, “With economic […]

Middle East diplomatic crisis threatens regional air freight operations

A spiraling diplomatic crisis in the Arab Gulf region is already snarling overland logistics along the Qatar-Saudi Arabia border, and regional freight forwarding is running into complications as Emirates and Etihad operations terminating in Doha grind to a halt. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya all announced that they were […]

SATS setting up cargo handling shop in Saudi Arabia

A 150,000-tonne-capacity cargo facility, set to open in 2019 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, will make SATS the first international cargo handler to operate in Saudi Arabia, said the Singapore-based aviation service provider. Located at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), the new facility is part of a broader privatization program, set to officially commence in […]

After rough July, IATA expects second-half improvements

In spite of disappointing airfreight figures for July, IATA said it is sticking with its view that “economic growth and trade will improve in the second half of the year,” providing a boost to air cargo volumes. That said, given recent declines in airfreight, there needs to be a significant shift in the second half […]

Air Charter Service sends aid to Yemen

Since Houthi rebels seized control of the government and took over the capital city of Sana’a in Yemen this past March, delivering humanitarian aid to the country has been nearly impossible. Earlier this month, however, charter carrier Air Charter Service arranged the first civilian cargo flight into the city of Aden, the temporary capital of […]

Kerry Logistics to support major retailer

Debenhams, a large, British multinational retail store, has agreed to have Kerry Logistics handle its growing export market in the Middle East. Kerry Logistics will manage all airfreight from Debenham’s distribution center in Peterborough, north of London, to various destinations in the Middle East, including Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. “Other […]