AirBridgeCargo Airlines has introduced a new freighter stop at Liege airport starting with its winter schedule where the Russian carrier will gradually increase its cargo capacity up to 12 flights per week. This creates more opportunities for its customers in Asia, North America and Europe, using its modern B747 fleet that provides up to 130 tonnes of capacity, Liege said.
The move comes barely a week after the all-freighter carrier announced it had lost key slots at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the upcoming winter season. This was a result of the airport’s regulator beginning to rigidly enforcing scheduling requirements as the airport’s maximum capacity has been reached. These moves are generally seen as penalising freighter operators who have to cope with the ebb and flow of cargo demand.
“Liege is an excellent example of a cargo-friendly airport in every aspect of its daily operations, which give carriers speed, flexibility, ground and airport infrastructure on a price-wise basis – things of paramount importance for final decision-making and for customers,” Liege Airport said. Being situated at the heart of the Paris – Amsterdam – Frankfurt golden triangle, the city attracts freight volumes “like a magnet”, accumulating general cargo, as well as special shipments, it added.
“We have a long history of cooperation with Liege airport via Atran Airlines (part of Volga-Dnepr Group) and now are targeting to bring our partnership to a new level,” said Sergey Lazarev, general director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines. “With significant improvement of our inland options and building of mutually-beneficial collaboration with our trucking partners, we are optimistic about ABC’s future in Liege and the benefits it will bring to our customers.”
“It is our pleasure to welcome AirBridgeCargo to our airport with services 100 per cent adapted to the needs of the European cargo market,” says Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport.
“Advantageous geographical location, technical equipment and motorway accessibility make our airport an ideal cargo point. Our Liege air cargo community embraces supply chain stakeholders – carriers, handling providers, trucking companies, etc – and offers a pool of experience for all the parties involved. We foresee ABC growth and are ready to contribute to its smooth operations,” Partoune added.
AirBridgeCargo said it will pave the way towards close cooperation with cargo-friendly airports, introducing more points into its network in order to guarantee that its customers receive best-in-class service for their shipments.
With the introduction of Liege, AirBridgeCargo will bring the total number of its European destinations to 13, guaranteeing comprehensive and sophisticated coverage of this multinational region, it added.