Wednesday, January 27, 2010

airBaltic Appoints Cargo Agent For Sri Lanka and the Maldives

MAC Holdings Partner on New Freight Service
Shipping News Feature

SRI LANKA / BALTIC STATES - MAC Holdings – a member of the EGSAC cargo GSSA network - has been appointed to represent airBaltic Cargo offline in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This is the first time that the airline has been represented in Sri Lanka, and freight is already beginning to flow on this new route. MAC Holdings is using interline agreements with Kuwait Airways and Jet Airways to connect to the airBaltic's Riga (Latvia) hub.

MAC will initially focus on airBaltic’s eastern European and Scandinavian destinations, due to the lower yield on western European traffic. Says MAC Holdings’ Manager, Airline GSSA Division, Sunanda Perera: “Our research identified a vacancy for a quality carrier serving this region. Our representation of airBaltic therefore opens up a new export market, with great potential once we have demonstrated the viability of the routing to customers.”

In the early stages, MAC will concentrate on general air freight and cargo to ensure that connections and transfer handling function correctly throughout. Later, MAC will devote more attention to Sri Lanka’s important perishables exports (such as tuna fish, fruit & vegetables and foliage plants), once the necessary additional resources and monitoring have been put in place.

Says Mr.Sergejs Galics, Cargo Sales Manager of airBaltic Corporation: “By appointing MAC Holdings as our GSA in Sri Lanka and Maldives, we expect to enhance our presence in South Asia. We are glad to offer our extensive and growing network in Scandinavia, Baltics and CIS countries, to customers in Sri Lanka.

“We are looking forward to close cooperation with MAC Holdings Private Ltd as a respected GSA, and another member of EGSAC representing airBaltic.”

In addition to airBaltic, MAC Holdings also represents Shenzhen Airlines (passenger and cargo), Continental Airlines Cargo, bmi and Thai Cargo.