CF EMEA 2020: Carriers look to innovate

FRANKFURT (CARGO FACTS ) – Carriers in the EMEA region continue to invest in innovating air cargo through new technologies, as evidenced when attendees gathered this week at the Westin Grand in Frankfurt, Germany, for the second edition of the Cargo Facts EMEA event. Turhan Ozen, chief cargo officer for Turkish Airlines, said the carrier is […]

Over 25,000 China flights axed as virus panic creates disruption

(Bloomberg) — More than 25,000 flights to, from and within China will be canceled this week as more than two dozen airlines suspend services to the country because of the coronavirus outbreak, leading to an unprecedented shakeup in the world’s second-largest aviation market. International capacity will fall by 4.4 million seats a week, with Lion […]

The Freight 50: Sharpest climbs and falls among carriers

As noted in this year's Freight 50 feature, DHL reported the strongest y-o-y growth during 2018. The second-fastest grower on the list, Vietnam Airlines, made its first appearance on the Freight 50 list at the No. 46 spot thanks to year-over-year growth of 170.2% during 2018. Although many Chinese carriers have struggled to maintain growth […]

Slow trade lingers in European carrier traffic stats for July 

In July’s first look, European carriers reported mixed results, indicating that the impact of protectionist policies on global trade and major carriers’ traffic lingers. Both Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic, while International Airlines Group’s July performance was flat, in comparison to 2018. Only Turkish Cargo reported significant volume growth for the month.  For the first […]

Turkish Cargo growth continues in July  

Turkish Cargo’s preliminary figures for July show the carrier has continued to outpace the overall air cargo market with continued growth, even in the volatile global political-economic environment.   Turkish Cargo reported a 12.2% y-o-y increase in cargo volumes during July, to just over 134,000 tonnes. For the first seven months of 2019, cargo volumes are up […]

European carriers report mixed results for June

In the first look at European carrier results for June, mixed results indicate ongoing concerns over protectionist policies on global trade are justified. Both Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic, while International Airlines Group’s June performance was mostly flat with 2018. Only Turkish Cargo reported significant growth for the month. […]

2019’s top 5 stories in air cargo

In 2019, the air cargo community has already seen its fair share of volatility, as trade disputes between the U.S. and China persist and the shroud of Brexit looms heavy. Air cargo has responded to these political economic conditions, as can be seen in the emergence of shifts in cargo flows within various regions and […]

DHL Global Trade Barometer predicts air trade contraction

The DHL Global Trade Barometer forecasts for global air trade dropped six points from March to a new index of 49, indicating a slight contraction over the next three months.  Most countries are expected to see air trade decline, with the largest contractions expected in Japan (-11 points) and the U.S. (-8 points). Further declines are expected in India […]

Iran airspace restrictions set to impact major cargo carriers

The current Iran-U.S. military confrontation, which today led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S.-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, is set to have major cargo implications for European and Asian carriers. Following the FAA notification, the European Organization for the Safety […]

Are challenges at New Istanbul Airport threatening carriers’ cargo operations?

After several delays to entering operations, the massive New Istanbul Airport (now IST, formerly ISL) finally opened for commercial operations in April. Since that time, however, the airport has been faced with several challenges – meteorological and political – that could be cause for concern for air cargo providers moving forward.    On May 17, flights to IST from several […]

Turkish Cargo posts 15.6% tonnage growth in first quarter

Turkish Cargo carried a total of 363,297 tonnes of cargo and mail during the first quarter of 2019, a year-over-year growth of 15.6%, according to traffic results released last week by Turkish Airlines. In particular, sold tonnage increased by 29.1% in the American market and by 15.4% in the Asian market. For the first three […]

Turkish Cargo adds Porto to freighter network

This week, Turkish Cargo added a Porto (OPO) stop to a weekly flight previously operating as a round-trip service between Istanbul (IST) and Madrid (MAD) on Sundays. Recent refinements to Turkish Cargo’s medium-widebody network, like the Porto stop, which is served with an A330-200F, shed some light on the interplay between passenger bellies and the […]

New Turkish Airlines route underscores air cargo development in Morocco

Turkish Airlines is already seeking to capitalize on capacity available at its new hub in Istanbul (IST, former IATA code: ISL), with the addition of a route to Morocco’s Marrakech Manera Airport (RAK). Marrakech is the first destination the carrier has added from its hub and underscores already growing air cargo volumes and infrastructure at […]

Operations transfer from IST to ISL delayed

The full transfer of operations from Atatürk Airport (IST) to the Istanbul New Airport (ISL), originally scheduled for early March, has been delayed and will now take place on April 5. The transfer of operations from IST to ISL will begin on April 5 at 3:00 am local time and will continue until April 7 […]
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