Etihad Cargo tonnage up 37pc in July
Abu Dhabi, August 29, 2013
Etihad Cargo, a part of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has posted a tonnage of 45,000 tonnes in July, a 37 per cent increase on the same month in 2012.
The figures were driven largely by increases in key export markets such as India, Hong Kong and China, and demand into the Middle East for foodstuff ahead of Ramadan, said a statement.
Chief strategy and planning officer Kevin Knight, said: “Over the past 12 months we’ve strengthened our global cargo business, expanded operations across new and existing trade lanes, seen demand continue to grow, and in response, we’ve been able to add greater capacity via our growing passenger and freighter fleet.”
The carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub also posted record tonnage for July with 70,500 tonnes handled into, out of and through the cargo facilities, which are now part of Etihad’s subsidiary organisation, Etihad Airport Services – Cargo.
“Announced in May this year, the acquisition of the Abu Dhabi Cargo Company, is an investment turning point in terms of how we plan to grow cargo handling at our hub, and drive better synergies and efficiencies for the benefit of our local and international customer base,” said Knight.
“To meet the future demand for cargo at our Abu Dhabi hub, planning is also underway to develop the East Midfield site for a new state-of-the-art integrated Cargo Terminal,” he added. - TradeArabia News Service