Nigerian airport authority denies Ebola at Lagos Airport

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has denied that an outbreak of Ebola is imminent at Murtala Muhammed Lagos Airport's cargo terminal.

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Pegasus widens its network

Pegasus Airlines has expanded its network with new routes in the African continent with two new destinations in Egypt. 

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Aeroflot faces further falls in freight tonnage

Aeroflot's cargo and mail volumes continue to be weak, with a slight rise of 119 tonnes in August compared to July, but last month's tonnage was still less than the year's best months of March and April, when it handled more than 13,000 tonnes. 

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DHL tests cargo drones in Deutschland

A cargo drone pilot project to deliver medicine to Germany's North Sea island of Juist is to be undertaken by DHL, but the integrator was not available to say when.

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Question of Manston’s future to drag on

The fate of Manston Airport may not be known for months, despite the fact that its owners have now sold the site to redevelopers, as the local council's process to decide whether or not to make a compulsory purchase continues.

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Third Hong Kong runway clears another environmental hurdle

Plans to expand Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with a third runway have passed another hurdle with the endorsement of an environmental council assessment that includes conditions to protect marine life and ecology.

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LATAM’s slow August due to weak imports

LATAM Airlines' revenue ton kilometres (RTK) has dipped to 344 million in August, from 346 million in July, which it is blaming on weak imports into Latin America, continuing the decline seen throughout 2014.

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AfA wins day on Carnet rules

THE Airforwarders Association (AfA) has welcomed the US Census Bureau's decision to keep the Carnet exemption in place for temporary shipments to and from the US, after warning of the administrative burden companies could face.

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Air China August tonnage increases but so does capacity

Air China handled 126,534 tonnes of cargo in August, recording increases on both a year-on-year and month-on-month basis.

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North America beckons for Jettainer

This week unit load device specialist Jettainer is to announce a new North American customer and the ULD firm's new sales director Don Jacobs has identified low cost airlines as a future market segment.

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IATA: 2014 demand is stagnant

Traffic volumes are up five per cent on a year ago, thanks to a solid rise in July, and demand in commodities like semi-conductors, but the rest of 2014 has been flat, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) quarterly cargo market analysis.

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Strike action impacts AF-KLM cargo

AIR FRANCE-KLM MARTINAIR (AF-KL-MP) has suffered and could continue to suffer from strike action by the pilots union, Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne (SNPL), over what Air Cargo Week understands is the development of the group's budget airline Transavia France.

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Middle East airports keep pole position in traffic

Middle East airports have seen growth of 9.6 per cent, year-to-date (YTD), with expansion at the Dubai World Central and Hamad International Airport cancelling out the slowdown caused by runway closures at Dubai Airport, according to Airports Council International (ACI) figures.

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FAA proposes hazardous cargo fines up to $195,000

The US government's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing fines of between $54,000 and $195,000 against British Airways, FedEx, Linvin and Allied Technology Group for alleged violations of hazardous materials regulations.

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Swiss WorldCargo signs deal with forwarder network WCA.

Swiss WorldCargo, the freight division of Swiss International Air Lines, has entered into a new partnership agreement with freight forwarder network, WCA.

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NTSB: pilot error, fatigue kills

The fatal crash of UPS flight 1354 on 14 August last year which killed the two pilots was the result of an unstabilised approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham (US).

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Dubai World Central plans 16 million tonne capacity

An eight square kilometre cargo facility  able to handle 16 million tonnes a year is to be built at Dubai World Central (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport, as part of a 120 billion dirham ($32 billion) expansion plan approved by the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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Slow August sees a dip for Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM (AF-KLM) has seen its revenue tonne kilometres (RTK) dip to 833 million in August, down from July, continuing the volatile trend seen throughout 2014.

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Ljubljana Airport to join Fraport

Fraport will pay 177.1 million euros ($229.3 million) to acquire a 75.5 per cent stake in Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport, with the intention of a full takeover bid at a later date.

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Hybrid airship developer seeks partners

Cargo airship manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is seeking partners for freight services for transporting mining equipment and high value mineral ore in austere environments from 2019.

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Published: 20/08/12
Another aid flight reaches Bamako

UPS has delivered 71 tonnes of relief supplies to Bamako, Mali, in a bid to halt an outbreak of cholera.

The shipment included water purification units for 25,000 people; emergency medical aid for a further 25,000; rehydration salt for two million; high energy biscuits for 39,000 children and 497 tents that can accommodate up to 10 people each.

Currently more than 18.7 million people lack access to sufficient food and more than one million children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition in the Sahel region.

The aid agencies involved in the UPS flight included CARE, Americares, UNICEF, Shelterbox and Interaction.

"When a humanitarian crisis occurs, logistics immediately becomes key to saving lives. This is the third movement of critical relief supplies to the Sahel region of Africa that UPS has been involved in since April as there's a lot of need," said Dan Brutto, president of UPS International. "UPS's role has been to utilize our capabilities to efficiently deliver our NGO partners' supplies by consolidating them and we're honoured to be able to help provide our expertise."

Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE's president and CEO added: "The food crisis in the Sahel is dire, and made more so because there hasn't been the outpouring of support we've seen in the past to address the critical needs of millions. With this commitment from UPS, we can help thousands in need of basic nutrition."

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that as of August 14, there were 140 reported cases of cholera in Mali and 11 deaths.

"Malnutrition weakens immune systems and makes children and adults more susceptible to disease, and unclean water increases the risk of contracting deadly diarrheal diseases," noted AmeriCares medical director Dr. Frank Bia. "Our medicines and supplies will potentially save thousands of lives."