Etihad Cargo steps up European links
Etihad Cargo, the freight division of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, has launched three new dedicated freighter services from Europe. It is now operating Boeing 777Fs from the UK’s East Midlands and London Stansted airports, as well as from Copenhagen, Denmark. Etihad’s cargo operations have expanded in recent years as those of many other airlines have declined.
“We have responded to our customers’ demand for freighter capacity out of Europe, and our freighter fleet gives us the flexibility of deploying capacity when and where it is required,” Etihad Cargo SVP David Kerr said. “Manufacturers in the UK and Denmark can now get their merchandise to their customers in the Middle East even faster, in as little as 24 hours in some cases.” “Air cargo is of major importance to the Danish business sector,” Copenhagen Airport COO Peter Krogsgaard said: “In value terms, more than one-third of Danish exports leave the country by air.
Copenhagen is a strong northern Europe hub for air cargo, and a fast-growing international player such as Etihad Cargo will further strengthen our position in the market.” The new routes bring the number of Etihad Cargo’s dedicated freighter destinations in Europe to nine, with maindeck capacity being operated from Amsterdam, Frankfurt (Frankfurt Main and Frankfurt-Hahn), Milan, Brussels and Zaragoza. The European Union is one of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) biggest trading partners, with non-oil trade between the two totaling £65 billion in 2015.
In the same year, the UAE was the eighth largest destination of European export.