September sees new low for Frankfurt

Frankfurt Airport has seen cargo and mail handled drop to 178,667 tonnes in September, down from July and August when it handled 181,459 tonnes and 179,555 tonnes, respectively.

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Calls for more UK action on green airports

UK politicians have written to the government's secretary of state for transport calling for new measures to make air transport more environmentally friendly.

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Heathrow sells off its airports

Aberdeen International Airport, Glasgow Airport and Southampton Airport are being sold to Ferrovial Aeropuertos and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4 (MEIF4) for what the UK airports' owner, Heathrow Airport Holdings, refers to as an enterprise value of just over £1 billion ($1.6 billion).

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Finnair does deal with pilots union

FINNAIR has approved a one-off long term incentive plan for its pilots as part of a savings agreement between the airline and the Finnish Air Line Pilots' Association (SLL) that will generate 17 million euros ($22 million) in permanent annual savings.

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Biofuels unlikely to cut carbon by more than 4 per cent by 2020

Biofuels are unlikely to play a significant role in cutting carbon emissions for the airline industry, according to consulting firm ICF International.

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House of Lords studies drones

AN investigation into the civil use of drones by the UK government's second legislative chamber, the House of Lords, could have significant repercussions for the future development and growth of the European Union (EU) airfreight industry.

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Runways now political faultline ahead of election

Runway capacity is now a political faultline between the UK's two ruling political parties, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative party. 

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European Union leads 3.3% traffic growth

European freight traffic has increased by 3.3 per cent year-on-year in August, with the growth coming from within the European Union (EU), while non-EU airports have been flat due to sharp decreases in Russia, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Europe's August Airport Traffic Report.

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Positive but patchy says IATA

Airfreight volumes increased in August, compared to July, but improvements have been patchy and differ region to region, with Asia Pacific driving the upturn, according to the International Air Transport Association's financial monitor.

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Emirates signs 10 year deal to collaborate with Linhas Aereas De Angola

Emirates is to take a role in the management of TAAG Linhas Aéreas De Angola (TAAG) as part of a 10 year deal. 

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FedEx Express begins work on Copenhagen airport facility

Work has started on FedEx Express' new Copenhagen Airport facility

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Turbine testing to follow VV-Plane cargo drone test flights

4X4 Aviation's scale-model (see picture) of its Versatile Vehicle (VV)-Plane  cargo drone flew briefly on 26 September following a presentation on the project's next steps.

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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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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."