The airline AirBridgeCargo (ABC) again showed growth above the market in the monthly volumes of air freight, with the strong increases in demand seen on the airline’s transatlantic services.The airline showed a 15% YOY growth in air freight demand for the month of February, to a total of 37,000 tonnes.
While cargo volumes had a double-digit increase, the distance travelled by cargo i.e. freight tonne kilometers, had a jump by 3% with the airline carrying out numerous intercontinental charter planes/flights in the previous year, due to the workers’ strike on west coast’s seaport.
A specific growth was seen on the routes between North America and Europe, where the Russian airline doubled its traffic of cargo services YOY.
In case of the freight’s nature, ABC enjoyed the stable demand for flower traffic while in February.
The airline carried nine special flights to serve customers aboard its Boeing 747 freighters for satisfying the peaks in demand prior to the Valentine’s Day on 14 February and 8 March’s International Women’s Day.
The fresh cut roses had been transported to Karaganda, Amsterdam, Ekaterinburg, Khabarovsk and Novosibirsk cities from Ecuador.
Alexander Roschupkin, commercial director, ABC, gave an update about the airline’s new service to Africa, run through CargoLogicAir, the UK-based partner. He said they are seeing increasing volumes of export perishables, also plants, in February, with the cargo services beginning to Africa.
He added the increase in the need of air freight services to other markets like Latin America. The airline also plans to expand its offering by giving wider choices of routes to its international customers and some special solutions for fulfilling their cargo needs.