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Aircoolbox targets air cargo pharma market.
A new company has entered the air cargo container market, taking aim at the pharmaceutical sector. At last week’s Temperature Controlled Logistics event in London, Aircoolbox announced it would begin targeting the air cargo pharmaceutical market with its passive container product.
Aircoolbox managing director Keith Packer said the re-usable container can be flat packed to one third of its size to help reduce the cost of transporting the box back to its origin.
The container was launched in the perishables market last year, but Packer said the company is now looking to expand into other sectors.
The units are constructed from eight panels made of food-safe high density polyethylene filled with polyurethane foam. They protect products and keep them within a temperature range of 2°C to 8°C and 15 °C to 25°C without additional refrigerant for up to 120 hours. The fact extra gel packs are thermal blankets are not needed saves space and weight within the container, he said.
Swissport to handle Emirates SkyCargo at three French airports.
Swissport Cargo Services France, a subsidiary of global aviation service provider Swissport International, will handle the freight of Emirates SkyCargo at the three French airports of Paris Charles de Gaulle, Lyon and Nice.
The agreement comes into force on April 1 this year. It covers the full range of cargo handling services, including full-freighter and warehouse handling.
The deal is said by Swissport to have been agreed following a “rigorous selection process”.
Emirates SkyCargo offers bellyhold cargo capacity on its passenger flights to Paris, Lyon and Nice, and also offers main deck space on its scheduled weekly freighter flights to Paris and Lyon.
Simon Messner, senior vice president Europe for Swissport International, commented: “Swissport is in the right position to meet the daily needs of Emirates SkyCargo in France and will be a reliable local partner for this outstanding cargo carrier.”
Hamad International Airport still on the up.
Aerial view of HIA
Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) handled a total of 1.7 million tonnes of airfreight (cargo and mail) last year. This represented a 20.8% increase over the previous year’s throughput.
The Qatari capital’s air gateway also processed a total of 245,800 landings and take-offs during the year, up by 15.8% on the figure for 2015.
According to the airport operator: “During 2016, HIA invested in increasing its capacity, improving its product offering and redesigning its operational processes to efficiently accommodate the increasing traffic over the coming years.”
On the apron, 15 new aircraft parking stands were constructed to support the operations of Qatar Airways, the flag-carrier that hubs on HIA. During 2016, Qatar Airways began connecting Doha directly to 14 new destinations.
Good start to the year for Leipzig/Halle.
Leipzig/Halle airport, Europe’s fifth-busiest and Germany’s second-biggest airfreight gateway, handled 84,782 tonnes of cargo in January this year, an increase of 6.9% over the same month of 2016.
Operated by Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (which also operates Dresden airport as well as cargo and ground handler PortGround), Leipzig/Halle handled approximately 1.05 million tonnes of airfreight over the course of 2016. This represented an increase of 6.5% over the 2015 figure.
A new monthly cargo throughput record was set in December last year, when the airport handled 97,105 tonnes of cargo.
DHL Express Courier has its European air cargo hub at the airport and contributes heavily to Leipzig/Halle’s overall cargo throughput.
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