Virgin sees strong gains on trans-Atlantic in 2013

Traffic from the US to India, business gains in the US North East and more perishables traffic all contributed to transatlantic tonnage, revenue and market share gains for Virgin Atlantic Cargo in 2013.


Virgin sees strong gains on trans-Atlantic in 2013


Traffic from the US to India, business gains in the US North East and more perishables traffic all contributed to transatlantic tonnage, revenue and market share gains for Virgin Atlantic Cargo in 2013. The airline’s ability to offer fast connections over London to both Delhi and Mumbai attracted strong customer support during the year while cargo volumes from Miami to Delhi were up 50 per cent year-on-year and US-origin cargo via London to Mumbai recorded particularly strong gains from both Atlanta and Miami.

Newark continued to be one of the airline’s strongest US routes, with revenue and tonnage ex-London up 25 per cent and eastbound volumes growing by 60 per cent compared to 2012. Cargo traffic from New York JFK to London Heathrow climbed 20 per cent over the course of the year and freight shipments from Boston to the UK grew 17 per cent. Revenue between London and San Francisco rose 15 per cent, the carrier said.

Virgin Atlantic has been particularly successful is growing its share of the air cargo market in the US North East. In addition to its strong performance to and from New York and Boston, the airline also achieved an 11 per cent increase in tonnage from Washington DC as overall tonnage from the US North East to the UK finished the year 13 per cent higher. Overall from the UK to the US, excluding Canada, the airline carried over 63 million kilos in 2013.