Responding to Israeli demand for Norwegian seafood, CAL Cargo is adding a second weekly rotation between Oslo Airport (OSL) and Tel Aviv (TLV) from 1 March. The increased frequency follows on from the launch of services to Oslo in 2017.
The new departure will be on Fridays, adding 3,500 tonnes of seafood capacity from Oslo airport to Israel annually, with an estimated export value of over NOK 200 million (USD 23.4 million).
“We are very pleased that CAL has decided to increase their capacity from the largest freighter HUB in Northern Europe,” says Martin Langaas, director Cargo at Avinor.
“Israel is a significant importer of fresh Norwegian seafood, such as salmon, which requires short shelf life. It’s therefore essential that we can facilitate fast and efficient delivery from Norway to Israel in collaboration with CAL,” he adds.
“CAL is pleased to launch the second weekly flight to OSL and we are looking forward to offer even better connectivity to Israel with our new Friday departure from Norway. This will strengthen the existing relationship with the seafood industry”, says Offer Gilboa, CAL chairman.
CAL’s main hub, located in Liege, Belgium (LGG), provides immediate accessibility to all of Europe, it says, noting its scheduled services include routes to JFK, ATL, MEX, TLV and LCA, as well as ad-hoc and charter missions.
Meanwhile, CAL Cargo operated its first commercial flight to Liege with the former Jade Cargo B747-400ERF that has been undergoing maintenance work in China and Israel.
CAL Cargo purchased the aircraft in early 2018 on Alibaba’s Taobao online auction platform which famously had three of the ex-Jade aircraft up for auction with SF Express having acquired the other two.