Carriers see January cargo surge
Freight volumes increased 24 percent, year-over-year, on Royal Jordanian’s passenger and cargo flights in January. The Middle Eastern carrier also saw a considerable surge in passenger traffic last month, up 25 percent from January 2010; fuel increases partially offset such gains, however.
Royal Jordanian CEO Hussein Dabbas said the carrier paid JD23.1 million in fuel prices in January, compared to toJD17.7 million in January 2011, a 30 percent, year-over-year, increase. This hike led to 17-percent higher operating costs for the carrier, according to a press release.
Despite higher fuel prices, Royal Jordanian’s neighbor to the north, Turkish Cargo, also saw increased cargo volumes last month. The carrier transported 31.6 tonnes of freight in January, a 21.7 percent, year-over-year, hike. According to a press release, this surge is in line with Turkish Cargo’s increased 2011 tonnage, which improved 23.7 percent from 2010.
To address such growth, Turkish Cargo has renovated its facilities at Turkey’s Antalya International Airport and installed a refrigerated unit to handle perishables.
“Produced with the latest technology, the cold store unit provides an important opportunity for customers who are importing or exporting perishable goods like fresh flowers, vegetables, fruits, seafood and pharmaceuticals,” according to a press release. The refrigerated unit also adheres to hazard analysis and critical control points, or HACCP, standards.