Singapore Airlines Cargo launched weekly freight service from its hub at Changi Airport to Frankfurt Airport on November 2. The new route, which is performed on Boeing 747 freighters, will augment Singapore Airlines’ cargo capacity on its twice-daily passenger services to Frankfurt.
Singapore Airlines officials expect these flights to be inundated with machinery and automotive goods. After all, they said, Frankfurt is a major hub for the manufacturing and air transportation sectors.
Tan Tiow Kor, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Singapore Airlines, said it’s all about matching capacity with demand. “The freighter services to Frankfurt will give our customers more … flights to choose from and will play an important role in expanding two-way trade links with key markets in Asia and Europe,” he said in a statement.
This new route also signals good news for Frankfurt Airport, which has been hit by a recent total night-flight ban mixed with lower-than-average September cargo volumes.
Of the latter obstacle, Fraport AG Executive Board Chairman Stefan Schulte said it’s an issue that Frankfurt Airport will likely contend with for the rest of the year. “Taking into account the sagging September figures, we expect Frankfurt Airport’s airfreight tonnage for the entire year 2011 to drop slightly,” Schulte said in a statement