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New record for Liege Airport

Despite a global economic slowdown, Liege Airport sets a new record with more than 900,000 tonnes of goods transported in 2019.

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New record for Liege Airport. Image: Liege Airport
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Liege Airport continues its development with a new record for transported goods: 902,480 tonnes (+ 3.6%) compared to 870,644 tonnes in 2018.

The air cargo sector experienced a global slowdown in activity in 2019. Brexit and the trade war between China and the United States are among the factors which have significantly influenced world trade and therefore the transport of goods.

New record for Liege Airport. Image: Liege Airport

New record for Liege Airport. Image: Liege Airport

“Our performance was significant in the midst of a fairly contrasted year with double-digit growth in the first quarter followed by a slowdown between April and July then a decline in August and September. The end of the year coincided with a rebound, ” explains Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, who adds:

“This year 2020 will be that of major works and projects, notably with the study of the effects for the lengthening of the contingency runway. We are also working on the implementation of Alibaba, the bypass road, the construction of a hydrogen station, the training of staff to meet very high demand. It will be a busy year during which we will have to provide quality services to our customers, invest in infrastructure and in innovative solutions. ”

Passenger activity remains stable with 170,737 passengers having passed through the airport.

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Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic launch trans-Atlantic Joint Venture

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Air France-KLM Cargo, Delta Air Lines Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo are promising cargo customers more connections, greater shipment routing flexibility, improved trucking options, aligned services and innovative digital
solutions with the launch of their expanded trans-Atlantic Joint Venture (JV).

The new partnership, which represents 23% of total trans-Atlantic cargo capacity or more than 600,000 tonnes annually, will enable the airlines to offer the best-ever customer experience, and a combined network of up to 341 peak daily trans-Atlantic services – a choice of 110 nonstop routes with onward connections to 238 cities in North America, 98 in Continental Europe and 16 in the U.K.

More choice and convenience for customers

Customers will be able to leverage an enhanced network built around the airlines’ hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris, Seattle and Salt Lake City. It creates convenient nonstop or one-stop connections to every corner of North America, Europe and the U.K., giving customers the added confidence of delivery schedules being met by a wide choice of options.

The expanded JV enables greater co-operation between the airlines, focused on delivering world class customer service and reliability on both sides of the Atlantic achieved through co-located facilities, joint trucking options as well as seamless bookings and connected service recovery. The airlines already co-locate at warehouses in key U.S., U.K. and European airports, and will review opportunities to co-locate further at more airports around the globe.

Adriaan den Heijer, Executive Vice President of Air France-KLM Cargo: “We are very excited to welcome Virgin Atlantic Cargo to the successful trans-Atlantic Joint Venture between Air France-KLM Cargo and Delta Cargo. The combined network means more choices and value for our customers as
we align our services to enable seamless transfers and further streamlining of transport times. This enhanced joint venture offers the most and best trans-Atlantic options ever in the cargo industry.”

Expertise in Specialised Products

The four airlines will leverage their expertise in the transportation of specialised products, including end-to-end GDP and IATA CEIV quality compliance for pharmaceuticals, supported by dedicated
teams and facilities across the globe. The JV will allow the airlines to provide customers with a diversified product range to best suit their individual requirements.

“This announcement is just the first step in the journey,” said Shawn Cole, Vice President – Delta Cargo. “Our customers can expect additional benefits as we evolve our partnership further to deliver best-in class customer experience and operational reliability, with differentiated products and services that are tailored and developed to make it easier to do business with the four airlines.”

Ease of doing business

Customers will be able to book their shipments with knowledgeable local teams and by using new digital solutions designed to reduce duplication and drive efficiencies as a result of greater connectively between the airlines’ systems. Alongside the development of a growing choice of selfservice technology options, customers will continue to enjoy the support of co-located customer service centres to enhance their cargo delivery experience.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s Managing Director, Dominic Kennedy said: “Our great partnership with Delta has already enriched the benefits we offer to our customers. With our expanded JV with Air FranceKLM Cargo, we are even more excited about the benefits we will be bringing for our customers as we
work with like-minded partners to deliver greater value across our outstanding trans-Atlantic network.”

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Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter service to Chinese mainland sees strong demand

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Emirates SkyCargo is seeing good demand for the import and export of cargo into the Chinese market, as China reopens for business after the Lunar New Year holidays. The air cargo carrier operates freighter services to Guangzhou (CAN) and Shanghai (PVG), having resumed these scheduled services after a planned hiatus over the traditionally low-traffic period over the holidays.

“Emirates SkyCargo continues to support trade and movement of goods into the Chinese market and is committed to supporting China’s diverse distribution needs and supply chains through our freighter operations to Shanghai and Guangzhou. We are a market oriented carrier and are ready to fulfil the growing needs of our customers. We will constantly review our operations to ensure that we are able to support the Chinese market by deploying adequate capacity through our freighters,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning & Freighters.

“We also continue to carry bellyhold cargo on our double daily flights between Beijing and Dubai,” he added.

The flights to China are operated on Emirates’ Boeing 777 freighter aircraft offering a cargo capacity of around 100 tonnes for exports and imports on each flight. Commodities being currently transported on the freighter flights include perishable food items, pharma, medical supplies and other general cargo.

Emirates SkyCargo has been continually operating freighter services to Hong Kong and in addition to scheduled services, the carrier also recently operated a charter flight to carry relief materials.

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Airlines and Posts Cooperate globally for a sustainable and reliable cross-border Airmail network

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Post Corporation (IPC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce cooperation between the two organizations. The aim for both IATA and IPC is to promote the development and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs.

“International e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market conditions for airlines and posts. Ensuring customers get their packages on time while safety and security in postal air transport is maintained is the main priority for posts and air transport operators alike. Cooperation across the supply chain is a must and our MoU with IPC is an important step toward strengthening our activity in this area,” said IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“For more than 10 years, the cooperation between airlines and postal operators has enhanced processes and increased visibility of airmail transport. With this agreement, we want to further strengthen our ties and identify further opportunities for cooperation and joint developments. Both of our sectors can win from a reinforced cooperation in terms of competitiveness and quality of service. Ultimately, this agreement will benefit consumers through more reliable and faster delivery of cross-border mail and packets transported by air,” said Holger Winklbauer, CEO of IPC.

IATA and IPC intend to work together on seven specific areas:

  1. Improving the security, handover, carriage, delivery and settlement of airmail between postal operators and air carriers. This includes e-commerce, economic and commercial matters.
  2. Developing and maintaining industry standards and procedures as well as services and solutions for both physical flows and electronic data interchange relating to airmail.
  3. Aligning existing services and solutions, along with developing new ones to ensure harmonized compatibility and efficient application of resources.
  4. Finding technology-based standards and solutions for piece level tracking in airmail.
  5. Addressing volumetric challenges, through initiatives such as Air Packet Box, and allocation and booking procedures for airmail.
  6. Developing regional onboarding initiatives and global campaigns on airmail process optimization and standardization.

Improving the involvement of ground handlers and other industry stakeholders on matters concerning airmail.

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