ECS Group foresees big boost from ASEAN

Even as air freight continues to grow – ever so slowly – yields remain weak largely due to excess capacity. It is in such conditions that many carriers around the world want to focus on their core activity – transporting cargo and passengers – and reduce operating costs making it an ideal market for GSAs. For the ECS Group, the coming Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic community will also herald significant changes for the market. Manfred Singh reports.

ECS Group foresees big boost from ASEAN

Mike Hewitt, manag i n g director – Asia Pacific Region, ECS Group, made it quite clear to Payload Asia that the past year had indeed been a “very difficult trading year”. This was due, he said, to “weakening margins as a direct result of excess capacity entering the marketplace adding further pressure on rates”.

The Paris-headquartered ECS, present in more than 50 locations and 33 countries, is a worldwide leader of GSSAs that transports around 500,000 tonnes of air cargo a year. With more than 30 years of experience it is an integrated group comprising 58 subsidiaries with one ‘roof’. Connected with more than 120-plus airlines, ECS offers a comprehensive global network for its customers to “tap into complete cargo outsourcing solutions, financial guarantees and strength,” Hewitt says.

Adds Adrien Thominet, chief operating officer of the ECS Group: “Thanks to its powerful network, the ECS Group is able to create much more connectivity and interline to generate extra revenue line,” for carriers.

ECS and other similar GSAs – big or small – have to deliver against the backdrop of, what Hewitt categorised as, “a still sluggish and uncertain set of global economic trading conditions”.

Even so, ECS remains upbeat because its strategy will help it to ride out the ups and downs of the market even as it brings down costs for its airline customers.