EUROPEAN AIR CARGO~ Barcelona Airport records positive growth trend

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Barcelona’s El Prat airport, which lies some 12km south-west of the city, has been following a positive growth trend and will hopefully continue to do so, Anaïs Fábregas Almirall, communication & corporate image manager of CentrosLogísticos Aeroportuarios, S.A. says.

While he declined to provide any forecasts with regards to the airport’s growth in the near term, Fábregas Almirall said between January and October this year, Barcelona airport handled 80,195 tonnes of cargo, which represents a 6.8 per cent growth compared with the same period last year.

"As (our) figures can prove, the number of airlines starting direct freighter services to and from Barcelona, and the contribution of the Air Route Development Committee in promoting Barcelona Airport has really brought good results," he said.

Singapore Airlines is the latest airline to boost its three weekly flights, first launched between Barcelona and Singapore in July 2006, to a daily flight. The new daily flight means doubling the capacity, both in passengers and cargo, for this route between Barcelona and Asia. The airline is using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for the service and plans to suppress the technical stop in Milan Malpensa, so that the route becomes a fully direct air link.