Etihad Cargo’s uplift figures for July increased 37 percent year over year.
The airline carried 45,000 tonnes, and in July 2012, it carried 32,876 tonnes. These were record monthly uplift figures for Etihad.
“Over the past 12 months, we’ve strengthened our global cargo business, expanded operations across new and existing trade lanes, seen demand continue to grow, and in response, we’ve been able to add greater capacity via our growing passenger and freighter fleet,” Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer, said.
The uplift in July was driven largely by increases in key export markets such as India, Hong Kong and China and demand into the Middle East for foodstuffs ahead of Ramadan, predominately from The Netherlands.
The carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub also posted record tonnage for July with 70,500 tonnes handled.
“Announced in May this year, the acquisition of the Abu Dhabi Cargo Company is an investment turning point in terms of how we plan to grow cargo handling at our hub, and drive better synergies and efficiencies for the benefit of our local and international customer base,” Knight said. “To meet the future demand for cargo at our Abu Dhabi hub, planning is also underway to develop the East Midfield site for a new state-of-the-art integrated Cargo Terminal.”