Etihad Cargo has posted record monthly uplift figures for July of 45,000 tonnes – a 37 per cent increase on the same month in 2012.
The increase was driven largely by demand in key export markets such as India, Hong Kong and China, and inbound demand to 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 into, out of and through the cargo facilities. To meet growing demand, planning is underway for a new integrated cargo terminal. The airline said the recent arrival of Etihad Cargo partner carriers into Abu Dhabi where cross-network feeds can be optimised has also exacerbated demand for improved facilities.
Etihad Cargo’s aircraft include three B777Fs, one Boeing 747-8F, one 747-400ERF, one 747-400F and three A330-200F, with one more A330-200F due to arrive in the second quarter of 2014.