Volatile 2014 slowly rises for Air China

Air China's October tonnage was slightly down on the airline's year high in September, transporting 142,277 tonnes compared to the previous month's 143,681.

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October cheers for Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair transported 156,590 tonnes in October, a 9,283 tonne increase on September's tonnage of 147,307, a level which the airlines have been stuck at for months.

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Asia Pacific needs infrastructure

More air traffic capacity, management, navigation services, terminals, runways and related infrastructure is needed by Asia Pacific airlines, with growing concerns about the level of investment and quality of governance being committed to in the region. 

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Whale of an aircraft gets Airbus A330 redesign

Airbus' cargo aircraft for ferrying its fuselages, wings and other large assemblies, the Beluga, is to be redesigned. 

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New Indian freight stations

India's Ministry of Civil Aviation wants to build new airfreight stations across the country to streamline customs, reduce congestion and the turnaround time.

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European Commission gives approval to Etihad, Alitalia deal

Alitalia can now restart its freight business because its merger with Etihad Airways has been approved by the European Commission.

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Green light for Hong Kong International Airport's third runway

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has got its environmental permit to build a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) after the government's environmental protection director approved AA's environmental impact assessment (EIA).

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FTA: Commission must back cargo

Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called for cargo growth to be a major factor in the Airport Commission's decision on future South East England runway capacity.

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Commission leans to Heathrow

Heathrow Airport would be the best site for a new runway in the South East of England for airfreight growth, the Airports Commission consultation suggests.

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Cardiff aims at pharmaceuticals

Medical companies located around Cardiff (UK) could be a future source of airfreight supply for the city's airport, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport's (CILT). 

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Aeroflot’s profit falls despite no freighters

Aeroflot has made less profit and seen its load factor fall in the the first nine months of this year, compared to 2013, despite dropping its freighters in the third quarter last year in a bid to improve the business.

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Asia, US drive market increase as oil falls

Airfreight volumes are expanding because of improving economic conditions in Asia and the US, while jet fuel prices have dropped 25 per cent from the mid-year peak of $125 per barrel, according to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) October airlines financial monitor.

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Tony Tyler: stagnant bumpy road ahead

Stagnant business confidence and a bumpy road ahead is International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and chief executive officer Tony Tyler's summation of the global market as the peak season begins. 

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Real time data for capacity bump

A process which maximises airport ground space has been rolled out to 15 European airports and a further 12 are jumping on board.

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Freight falls 2,000t and Singapore Airlines Cargo cuts losses to $26m

Singapore Airlines Cargo has reduced its first half year losses to 34 million Singapore dollars ($26.3 million), while the parent airline has seen profit drop to 125.7 million Singapore dollars for the same period.

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Cargolux gains and loses executives

CARGOLUX INTERNATiONAL AIRLINES has appointed Niek van der Weide as executive vice president (VP) of sales and marketing, while senior VP (SVP) of human resources, legal affairs and compliance, Henning zur Hausen has left the airline.

Van der Weide replaces Robert van de Weg, who resigned in January because of differences with the Cargolux board of directors about the airline's strategy for the future.

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport sets out strategy

Charter freight growth is the future for cargo operations at Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) helping to secure the Scottish aviation hub's future, the gateway's own strategy has stated.

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Canada aims at $177m pre-screening savings

Shippers in Canada could save 202 million Canadian dollars ($177.5 million) over 10 years, according to Canadian government transportation authority, Transport Canada, as a result of being allowed to pre-screen cargo prior to it arriving at an airport. 

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Airforwarders Association attacks Governer Cuomo plan to end JFK cargo

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) has hit out at New York state governor, Andrew Cuomo's plans to move cargo operations from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Stewart International Airport.

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Australian Federal Court clears Air New Zealand and Garuda

Air New Zealand and Garuda Indonesia have been cleared of cargo industry price fixing in Australia. 

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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."