CHINA: Chinese heavyweights pick Copenhagen

Copenhagen airport has long beenseen as a useful hub by Singapore Airlinesand Korean Air Cargo. However,the addition of two Chinese heavyweightsin the last few months seemsto be catapulting the airport into thebig league. The airport saw Air China startthree weekly B747-200F services inSeptember, and this was followed bythree MD-11F services by China CargoAirlines in December. […]


Copenhagen airport has long beenseen as a useful hub by Singapore Airlinesand Korean Air Cargo. However,the addition of two Chinese heavyweightsin the last few months seemsto be catapulting the airport into thebig league.

The airport saw Air China startthree weekly B747-200F services inSeptember, and this was followed bythree MD-11F services by China CargoAirlines in December. In all this bringsthe airport’s wide-body freighter departuresto 68 a month, double thenumber it had two years ago.

The Air China flights were particularlygratifying for Lars Korup, the airport’shead of cargo, because Copenhagen isonly the second airport in Europe thatthe national carrier has chosen to servewith all-cargo capacity.

"They have been investigating it forover two years and I am sure they chosecarefully," he says. "SAS was certainly a help, but I think they would have come here anyway."

The reference to SAS is that it is takingsome 25 to 30 tonnes each way onthe flights, which serve both Shanghaiand Beijing outbound before returningdirect to Shanghai.

The China Cargo flights have asimilar outbound routing, but returnvia Paris. Korup speculates that withAir China and China Cargo supposedlyin talks about a cargo joint venture,the two carriers might be planning tocombine their services to make Copenhagena key European base.