Virgin Atlantic Cargo sees 30% ex Dubai freight growth
Virgin Atlantic Cargo carried over 30% more cargo from Dubai in the first half of 2015, boosted by additional U.S routes and frequencies, and traffic generated as a result of the U.S. port disruptions, the company has announced.
For the six months ended 30 June 2015, the airline carried 2.4 million kilos from Dubai, compared to 1.8-million kilos for the same period a year ago. Strong increases were seen in the volume of cargo destined for London as well as beyond London to the United States.
The airline’s additional daily frequency to New York JFK and the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new Atlanta route both contributed significantly to the increase, said John Lloyd, senior vice president Cargo at Virgin Atlantic.
“Given the intense level of competition in the region, our performance from Dubai in the opening six months of 2015 is very encouraging,” said Lloyd. “The result for the first half is testimony to our customers’ confidence in Virgin Atlantic’s seamless cargo connections through our London hub and our aim now is to maintain this for the rest of the year.”
Virgin Atlantic commenced operations from Dubai over nine years ago and its daily Airbus A330-300 flights each offer some 20 tonnes of cargo capacity. Access to Virgin Atlantic’s eleven U.S destinations from London is particularly popular with customers moving goods from Dubai, as well as the airline’s fast trucking services to other key cities across North America.