MIDDLE EAST Supplement~ Qatar Airways Cargo thinks out-of-the-box

A slightly different market focus than other cargo carriers is the engine behind the healthy growth of Qatar Airways Cargo, according to John Batten, GM of Qatar’s worldwide cargo operations. While many carriers rely on the traditional Far East to Europe, via the Middle East trade, Qatar Airways Cargo has opted to also tap this […]


A slightly different market focus than other cargo carriers is the engine behind the healthy growth of Qatar Airways Cargo, according to John Batten, GM of Qatar’s worldwide cargo operations. While many carriers rely on the traditional Far East to Europe, via the Middle East trade, Qatar Airways Cargo has opted to also tap this trade, but not at the expense of other regions with highgrowth potential.

“Qatar Airways Cargo is looking for strategic growth in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent where the airline is concentrating on developing its freighter expansion,” he said.

As Qatar Airways’ passenger network expands, the cargo side relies on a model developed in-house to enhance these new routes and identify new business opportunities that need to be tapped.“All regions offer some opportunitiesand our job is to analyse our networkcapabilities and exploit these to thebenefi t of Qatar Airways Cargo,” saidBatten.

Statistics show major growth in the Middle East and Africa and Batten said he expects this trend to continue for anumber of years.

“All markets we serve are growing but the Middle East and Africa will continue to expand faster than other regions for the next 18 months.” And, not forgetting the ongoing growth in the Indian Sub-Continent, he said.