Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Air Freight Services Announced by Cargo Carriers

Extra Capacity for Flights Into Philippines and Oman from Two Leading Airlines
Shipping News Feature

UAE – PHILIPPINES – LUXEMBOURG – OMAN - From 1st October 2013, Emirates SkyCargo is to increase its cargo capacity to the Philippines with daily non-stop flights to Clark International Airport, located in the province of the Pampanga in Central Luzon, 80 kilometres to the north of Manila. Clark International Airport will become Emirates second destination after Manila, to which Emirates has been operating flights since 1990, and due to the demand, has continued to increase its flight frequency on the route to its current triple daily, non-stop air freight service.

With the new daily flight to Clark International, Emirates SkyCargo will be able to provide more than 160 tonnes of additional cargo hold capacity each way per week, further supporting Philippine exports of perishables, such as dairy products, fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood and electrical and electronic equipment, and its imports of textiles, apparel, plants, flowers and chemical products. Ravishankar Mirle, Emirates Vice President, Commercial Cargo for East and West Asia, Australasia and Indian Ocean, said:

“The Philippines is a very important market for Emirates SkyCargo, and with our Dubai Hub strategically located between East and West, we will be able to offer customers in the Central Luzon region particularly manufacturers producing hi-tech chips and electronic components, access to our global network and efficient distribution capability, thereby supporting supply chains to save time and money by accessing new and closer gateways like Clark International.”

Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, EK 388 will depart Dubai at 04:00 and arrive at Clark International Airport at 16:40, and on the return flight, the EK 399 will depart at 18:35 and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 23:05.

Meanwhile Luxembourg based Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has announced that it will serve Muscat, Oman as the latest scheduled addition to its network. The service will commence on the 29th June and will become the 79th destination visited by the airline’s 747-8 freighter fleet. Last year, Oman announced the transformation of Muscat International Airport into an international gateway and air freight logistics hub and the construction of a new cargo terminal, capable of handling 260,000 tonnes annually (up from 100,000 tonnes), with a further planned expansion to 500,000 tonnes.

The new construction, stretched over three phases, includes an increase of warehouse space from 7,000m2 to 34,000m2 and Domenico Ceci, Cargolux Vice President Europe, Middle East and Central Asia, commented:

“The direct service to Oman will be launched to meet customer demand on the back of the country’s economic expansion and diversification and a sustained need for oil and gas equipment and spare parts [whilst] other import commodities on Cargolux’s Muscat flights include perishables, live animals and general cargo.”

Cargolux says the nose entry cargo door fitted on the 747-8 freighters make them particularly suitable for loading heavy and out of gauge freight and the new service was welcomed by Peter Hoslin, Senior Manager Airline Marketing Oman Airports Management Company, who said:

“Oman Airports Management Company, the owner and operator of Muscat International Airport notes that Cargolux will benefit from and contribute to the fast growing Muscat cargo market which has increased more than 70% since 2008. We saw a strong 15% growth in 2012 and expect the positive trend to continue in 2013.”