Etihad turns in record cargo volumes in 2013

Etihad Cargo flew 486,753 tonnes of freight and mail in 2013, an increase of 32 per cent over 2012 volumes with the airline accounting for 89 per cent of cargo imports, exports and transfers at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Passenger growth also hit 16 per cent for the year with nearly 12 million passengers in the 2013.


Etihad turns in record cargo volumes in 2013


Etihad Cargo flew 486,753 tonnes of freight and mail in 2013, an increase of 32 per cent over 2012 volumes with the airline accounting for 89 per cent of cargo imports, exports and transfers at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Passenger growth also hit 16 per cent for the year with nearly 12 million passengers in the 2013.

Cargo volumes were boosted by enhancements to the freighter fleet capability and more cargo in the bellyhold of passenger aircraft. Established markets such as China, Hong Kong and India were top performers, in addition to expanding markets such as the Netherlands and the US. Etihad took delivery of eight Airbus aircraft in 2013, including an A330 freighter, and eight Boeing aircraft, including two B777 freighters. The airline also added further leased capacity, which included Etihad’s inaugural 747-8 freighter.

“Our record-breaking numbers in 2013 reflect the continued success of our strategic master plan, which focuses on three fundamental pillars: Organic network growth, the forging of codeshare partnerships and minority equity investments in other airlines,” James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said.

Six destinations were introduced to Etihad Airways’ network in 2013, with new services launched to Washington, D.C.; Amsterdam; Sao Paulo; Belgrade, Serbia; Sana’a, Yemen; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Frequencies were also increased on 18 existing routes, and new codeshare agreements were signed with Kenya Airways, Air Serbia, South African Airways, Belavia, Korean Airlines, Air Canada and airBaltic.