EUROPE & CIS: Cargolux reports dire 2009 results

Cargolux reported a 2009 net loss of US$153 million, nearly triple its $61 million deficit in 2008, with revenue dropping 34 per cent to $1.3 billion as the global air cargo market contracted severely. “2009 was arguably the most difficult year in the history of airfreight,” Europe’s largest all-cargo airline said in a statement. “The […]


Cargolux reported a 2009 net loss of US$153 million, nearly triple its $61 million deficit in 2008, with revenue dropping 34 per cent to $1.3 billion as the global air cargo market contracted severely. “2009 was arguably the most difficult year in the history of airfreight,” Europe’s largest all-cargo airline said in a statement.

“The industry registered a decline in freight volume of well over 20 per cent during the year compared to 2008,” which led to over capacity with “dire consequences for all players, including Cargolux.” FTKs were down 11.3 per cent to 4.8 billion on a 9.3 per cent reduction in capacity to 6.95 billion ATKs. Load factor declined 1.6 points to 69 per cent. Volume carried fell 10.8 per cent to 627,813 tonnes and yield dropped by more than 26 per cent.

In response to the crisis, the carrier temporarily reduced capacity on all routes and closed a number of destinations, including Istanbul, Toronto, Helsinki and Cairo. It kept its fleet of 16 747-400Fs in operation throughout most of the year, but a lower utilisation of each aircraft meant that, in practice, it had the equivalent of two aircraft on the ground during the months of June and July.