Russian cargo airline AirBridgeCargo (ABC, enters into group “Volga-Dnepr”) announced the launch of a new regular service from London Heathrow airport. This writes TASS.
According to the message carrier through Heathrow last year was sent to 29% of the total British air exports to countries outside the EU. It is expected that the new service will be demanded by British exporters, who currently face a lack of cargo tanks in the cargo compartments of passenger aircraft on long-haul flights.
Particularly acute problem of shortage of freight capacity is in Asia. Under the new service, the ABC will send out from Heathrow via the hub of the carrier in Moscow, two flights a week.
At the end of October, the UK government approved the construction of a third runway at Heathrow. The extension will allow the airport to double cargo capacity and to increase the geography of the served areas, adding 40 new destinations. Over the next 15 years the airport will invest 180 million pounds in the modernization and expansion of freight infrastructure to reduce time of handling up to four hours. Also envisages the construction of specialized complex for storage of pharmaceutical goods.
Commenting on the message about the new service, senior Vice President of airline “Volga-Dnepr” for sales and marketing Robert van de Weg said that in the first nine months of the current year, the airline increased the volume of cargo transportation from Europe by 22%.
TASS reported earlier this week that ABC is also launching a new service connecting Moscow to Oslo, focused on exporters of Norwegian seafood.