November 2011

From the Editor

  • Whither the peak season?

    With the latest statistics out from both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) confirming what has been more and more evident with each passing month to the air cargo industry, it looks as if the lethargy in global air cargo markets is set to remain until at least early next year with the traditional peak season gone the way of the Dodo bird, at least for this year.... Read More



  • Lufthansa, Frankfurt reel from night ban

    Should the ban become permanent the German cargo carrier may even face the possibility of having to relocate its air cargo hub to neighbouring airports like Frankfurt-Hahn, Cologne Bonn, or Liepzig where it already operates its joint venture cargo airline Aerologic with partner DHL Express.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • UPS: Continued slow growth for 2011

    United Parcel Service (UPS) posted a third-quarter consolidated net income of US$1.04 billion, up five per cent from $991 million year-over-year. UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis attributed the results to a “deceleration in exports from Asia and a challenging global economic environment.”... Read More
  • DHL adds Bangalore, Leipzig B777F service

    DHL Express has announced the launch of a B777F freighter service between Bangalore and Leipzig, in response to what it says is the growing air cargo demand into and out of South India.... Read More

Belly Ache


    Having just returned last month from the annual FIATA World Congress 2011, the Belly Ache gang have half-a-dozen reflections to share on their experiences in the fascinating land of the pharaohs.... Read More

Cover Story

  • New products, new markets for Korean Cargo

    After facing the biggest demand fall in aviation’s history in 2009, businesses restarted again in 2010 with airlines ending last year slightly ahead of early-2008 volumes albeit with a dismal 2.7 per cent profit margin.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Hactl upgrades cargo management system

    Officials from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) have announced that Hactl SuperTerminal 1 will transition to a new airfreight management system in December.... Read More
  • Changi Airport sees slight 2% cargo growth

    Singapore Changi Airport handled 154,400 tonnes of cargo in September, an increase of 2.2 per cent year-on-year, while the first nine months of 2011 saw airfreight volumes reach 1.38 million tonnes, representing a growth of 2.5 per cent over the corresponding period last year.... Read More
  • Dubai follows declining cargo trend

    While passenger numbers continue to soar at the United Arab Emirates with air traffic movements closing in on 2,000 movements per day, with 57,773 flights handled across the country in September – an increase of 9.7 per cent year-on-year – air cargo has not been as fortunate.... Read More
  • Hong Kong’s Sept cargo falls 6%

    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the world’s busiest air cargo hub, posted a 6.1 per cent decline in September cargo volumes as the European and US economic slowdown dampens consumer demand for high-value exports from Asia, especially China.... Read More
  • ATS, WFS team up to handle China Cargo Airlines

    Airport Terminal Services (ATS) in partnership with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won the aircraft ground handling and cargo warehouse handling contract for China Cargo Airlines’ historic launch of direct cargo services between Lambert‐St. Louis International Airport in the US and Shanghai, China.... Read More