Peak season offers only modest air freight boost in November first look

Hopes last month for a rebound in peak season may have dimmed, as October’s decline in year-over-year air cargo traffic seems to have extended into November. Outliers to this trend include, again, Turkish Airlines, Air China, and China Southern Airlines. Most carriers and airports, however, do show continued positive year-to-date traffic compared to the same […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 19, 2018

Volga-Dnepr Group’s cross-border cooperation with Cainiao reveals long-term ambitions at Liège

Cainiao, the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has named Volga-Dnepr Group its “preferred carrier for airlift capacity and logistics services” and will be granted “guaranteed access” to the Russia-based conglomerate’s fleet of forty-one aircraft, according to a joint release detailing a recently signed MoU between the two companies. For the Group and its cargo […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 17, 2018

Amazon to open ‘air gateway’ and package-sorting facility at Wilmington

This month, Amazon announced plans to open a new “air gateway” and package-sorting operation at Wilmington Air Park. Yes, Wilmington — just sixty miles away from Amazon’s main air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Amazon Air currently operates out of more than twenty airports across the United States, with Wilmington (ILN) opening next year. The […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 28, 2018

Air freight unaffected by trade war in October first look

October looks to be a difficult month for year-over-year air cargo traffic comparisons among the world’s major airports and carriers. A handful of outliers such as Turkish Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Incheon Airport aside, most carriers and airports reporting traffic results for October noted declines, while those that did not decline were mostly flat […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • November 20, 2018

China approves $6 billion expansion of growing Urumqi airport hub

Today, China’s state planner approved a 42.1-billion-yuan – or about US$6.1 billion – airport expansion project in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western Xinjiang province, which will help develop the city into a key air cargo hub in the central government’s sprawling “Belt and Road” initiative. Construction of the Urumqi Airport (URC) is scheduled to run […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 19, 2018

Cargo communities outgrow pharma focus

Pharmaceutical shippers are easily among the most idiosyncratic air cargo customers. For sensitive vaccines and lab samples, even the most well-thought-out supply chain cannot overcome the need for tightly controlled, transparent, and quick transportation. That does not mean, however, that pharma shipments are immune to modal shift to ocean freight. Between the years 2000 and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 15, 2018

Beneficiaries of new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

Yesterday, the world’s longest sea bridge, connecting Hong Kong with Macau and the city of Zhuhai in mainland China was declared open for passage. The bridge is expected to cut travel time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong down from 240 minutes to seventy-five minutes, dramatically expanding the potential catchment areas of Pearl River Delta airports. […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • October 23, 2018

Air cargo grows at Sea-Tac Airport

The Cargo Facts team was treated this week to a behind-the-scenes tour of the cargo operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). There, the Port of Seattle’s Air Cargo team – Tom Green, Senior Manager for Air Cargo Development, Ken Galka, Air Cargo Operations Manager, and Patrick Haley, Air Cargo Facilities Manager – drove the Cargo Facts team […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 19, 2018
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