TIACA: lower oil price spells trouble

Oil at the low price of $49 per barrel will have negative effects for the world economy, not positive ones overall, according to The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) outgoing chairman Oliver Evans, speaking at TIACA's annual press lunch. 

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Athens airport sees improvement

The cargo operation at Athens International Airport is growing, despite several years of economic downturn.

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First freighter arrives at EuroAirport cargo terminal

The new cargo terminal at EuroAirport welcomed its first freighter on 26 January.

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Virgin Atlantic extends Interglobe deal

VIRGIN ATLANTIC CARGO has extended its contract with general sales and service agent (GSSA) InterGlobe in India.

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Double-digit growth stays with PACTL

SHANGHAI PUDONG INTERNATIONAL AIR CARGO TERMINAL (PACTL) has seen freight volumes increase by 16.1 per cent in 2014 to 1.5 million tonnes, with the biggest rise coming from international cargo.

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North America boosts HKIA to above 4 million tonnes

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 4.3 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, up six per cent on 2013, because of transshipments to and from North America and Southeast Asia.

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Turkish Airlines Cargo Atatürk facility opens

TURKISH AIRLINES CARGO has begun operations at its new facility at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Construction started in January last year operations began this month. 

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North America leads profit rank

Airlines have made a net post-tax profit of $9 billion in the third quarter of 2014, with North America performing most strongly while Latin American carriers made a loss, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines financial monitor for December 2014.

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Alitalia cargo plans new routes, frequencies

Seoul, Beijing, Santiago, Mexico City, San Francisco (US) and Shanghai (China) are all new routes from 2015 to 2018 for Alitalia's bellyhold freight services, as the airlines' investor, Etihad Airways, announces its strategy for the Italian carrier, which is also boasting increased frequencies from this year.

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Schiphol hits 1.6million tonnes in 2014

AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL handled 1.6 million tonnes in 2014, up by 6.7 per cent, with North America growing most strongly.

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Regional airports lobby UK government

REGIONAL airports in the UK lobbied the government on 19 January over their concerns about their future.

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IATA Survey: profitability to improve say CFOs

Most airline chief financial officers and cargo heads are expecting profitability to improve in the next 12 months, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) business confidence index.

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Air Charter Service to spend $15 million over 5 years on online presence

Air Charter Service is to spend about £10 million ($15 million ) over the next five years advancing the company's booking technologies and online presence.

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Swiss WorldCargo, Cargologic and SATS sign signed for handling teaming

Swiss WorldCargo, Cargologic and SATS have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cargo handling and information services, and form the basis for future collaboration in areas such as temperature sensitive cargo.

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Asia Pacific ends 2014 on high

Asia Pacific airlines have seen freight tonne kilometres (FTK) rise to 5.8 billion in November, because of improved consumer demand in the region, and trade with the US, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

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European freight traffic rises 3 per cent

Freight traffic in Europe rose three per cent year-on-year in November, with Turkey seeing strong growth, but with Russia falling, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.

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Freighter orders and deliveries are still scant

Airbus did not sell one of its Airbus A330-200 Freighter products in 2014, but delivered one aircraft, while Boeing delivered 27 of its freighters, but sold few. 

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Accra crash investigation

Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has started its investigation into the Ethiopian Airline's Boeing 737-400 Freighter crash, which took place at Kotoka International Airport in Accra on 10 January.

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UK government asked to step into Manston CPO

The UK government's Department for Transport (DfT) is to review the issue of the Manston Airport site compulsory purchase after Thanet District Council's 11 December 2014 decision deferral was referred to the government by the council's scrutiny panel.

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Dubai combi flights up for AF-KLM

Air France KLM Martinair (AF-KL-MP) Cargo is increasing the number of Boeing 747-400 Combi flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Dubai International Airport by three a week from 10 January. 

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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."