Finnair celebrates its Brussels anniversary

Finnair Cargo celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Brussels hub in March, with the carrier moving over 15,000 tonnes via Brussels since March 2013.


Finnair celebrates its Brussels anniversary


Finnair Cargo celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Brussels hub in March, with the carrier moving over 15,000 tonnes via Brussels since March 2013. “Our weekly freighter capacity is approximately 340 tonnes, and we are carrying more or less full loads both ways. Some weekends we have to use additional trucks because there is not enough space on flights,” said Heikki Nikamaa, Finnair Cargo’s manager for station & freighter operations.

To accommodate growing volumes, Finnair Cargo said it has made significant capacity enhancements for the summer season. The Brussels hub will be served by two weekly MD11F freighter rotations from Helsinki. In addition, a weekly A340 passenger aircraft service, as well as four daily narrow-body flights connecting to Finnair’s over 90 weekly flights between Helsinki and 13 Asian cargo gateways.

“Profitability has to be taken into consideration,” Gina Vandenhove, country manager of ATC Aviation Services, Finnair’s global sales agent in Belgium explained, noting the global market downturn has been hard on yields. “Finding the right mix and focus on niche products is essential.”

The obvious niche for Finnair Cargo is pharmaceuticals. “For Brussels, pharmaceuticals are on the way to becoming what flowers are for Holland, or car parts for Germany. But, given the fragility of the product, only the very best carriers will be awarded the business,” says Vandenhove.