Charter Agency expands to Middle East

The Lufthansa Cargosubsidiary Charter AgencyGmbH has opened an officeat Sharjah InternationalAirport, which is the thirdstation worldwide of the rapidlygrowing German broker¨C after establishing branchesin Chicago and Hong Kong. Sharjah has been pickedas a new site because manyRussian charter companiesand carriers from the CIScountries have parts of theirAntonov or Tupolev freighterfleets based at the airport. So […]


The Lufthansa Cargosubsidiary Charter AgencyGmbH has opened an officeat Sharjah InternationalAirport, which is the thirdstation worldwide of the rapidlygrowing German broker¨C after establishing branchesin Chicago and Hong Kong.

Sharjah has been pickedas a new site because manyRussian charter companiesand carriers from the CIScountries have parts of theirAntonov or Tupolev freighterfleets based at the airport.

So in case of an urgentbusiness case, "we can havevery quick access to the capacitywe need," stated ChristianFink, general manager of theCharter Agency, during arecent opening ceremony inDubai. He also pointed outthat Sharjah and especiallyneighbouring hot spot Dubai,are a ¡®must’ for feeding andde-feeding intercontinentaltransports that have been organised by his company orone of the members of theCargo Airline Group, e.g.Lufthansa Cargo or SwissWorldCargo.

"Take for instance drillingequipment and spare partsfor the oil industry that webring in by scheduled or charterflights from Houston andthat must be delivered in andaround the Middle East. Inthose cases we need onwardcharter flights from Dubaior Sharjah to the final destinationsof the shipment tosecure the whole project fromdoor to door," Fink said.

Head of the new branchoffice is Sujit Subramanianwho formerly worked forSingapore Airlines Cargo andjoined LH Charter last yearin order to push the broker’sMiddle East activities.

"My main aim is to ensure the linking of freight flows managed by the members of the Cargo Airline Group from Europe, Far East and the US into this region and out of it," Subramaniam explained.The sea/air traffic is anotherarea he wants to step in, byflying out the goods to Europethat have been shippedfrom Chinese, Korean andother Asian ports to Salalah,Dubai or Fujairah in the Gulfregion.