Etihad posts record cargo volumes in July

Etihad Cargo says revenues for month up 4 per cent on previous month.
NEWS, Aviation


Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, on Monday posted record monthly figures for July with network volumes approaching 33,000 tonnes.

The figure represented an increase of 18 percent on the same month last year while also surpassing a previous month record of 31,700 tonnes which Etihad Cargo carried in March, the airline said in a statement.

Total revenues for the month were up by four percent on June and up eight percent on the corresponding period the previous year, the statement added.

Last month Etihad Cargo reported strong H1 2012 results, with tonnage up 21 percent to 175,000 tonnes.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways chief planning and strategy officer, said: "We've seen a good recovery in business from Europe after the second quarter. Also, the capability of our fleet with the addition of the 747-400 freighter has enhanced our overall schedule flexibility.

"Business across and through the Middle East has remained strong into the Holy Month of Ramadan."

He added: "New routes including our recently launched six-times a week passenger service to Lagos and our new freighter service to Dammam have broadened the reach for our customers.

"Looking ahead, we expect to maintain strong freight performance over the third and fourth quarters of 2012."

Etihad Cargo currently operates a fleet of six freighters.

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