Cargologic Germany takes off as Leipzig Halle sees cargo growth

CARGOLOGIC Germany has put two aircraft into service, ending a delay to gaining its aircraft operating certificate (AOC)

30 January 2020 - 19:00
CARGOLOGIC Germany has put two aircraft into service, ending a delay to gaining its aircraft operating certificate (AOC). The company is also reported to have experienced problems winning freight contracts, sources said.

However, both of its 737 freighters appear to be working for Air Contractors (ASL), one on daily runs between Cologne Bonn and East Midlands, according to Flightaware, and the second between East Midlands, Madrid and Malpensa, reported London's Loadstar.

The new carrier's third aircraft was delivered this month from sister airline Atran, and has yet to commence commercial operations.

Cargologic Germany is based at Leipzig Halle, which recorded volume growth last year.

Boosted by customer DHL, the airport set a new handling record last year of 1.24 million tonnes of cargo, a year-on-year rise of 1.4 per cent. December volumes were up 2.9 per cent. It put the growth down to DHL operations, although it says it has 50 cargo airlines.

Leipzig Halle, a favourite with integrators, will invest some EUR500 million (US$554 million) over the next few years, and is now the fifth largest cargo hub in Europe, and Germany's second largest.

Its numbers compare favourably with rivals such as Frankfurt, where volumes fell 3.9 per cent to 2.13 million tonnes, and Heathrow, which suffered declines of 6.6 per cent to 1.59 million tonnes. Brussels Airport saw volumes drop by 7.9 per cent in 2019 to 500,702 tonnes. Schiphol, which has suffered from lack of slots for freighters, reported volume declines of 11 per cent.

However, one independent Dutch forwarder told Loadstar that Amsterdam Schiphol's problems had brought him new opportunities.

'The lack of slots at Schiphol has forced us to open new doors. Also, the big players have taken away a lot of traffic, but more than was necessary, so there is more opportunity for us to put small shipments through Schiphol. It has opened up the market and also forced us to look outside Amsterdam; we are now putting more through Liege and Dusseldorf.'

Liege also saw growth, to 902,480 tonnes of cargo, up 3.6 per cent, year on year.

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