News&People IATA notes ‘uncertainty’ in first quarter
BUDAPEST AIRPORT has welcomed the decision of Qatar Airways to offer direct, daily, non-stop services between the Hungarian gateway and Zagreb in Croatia from 9 May to the end of October. The new routeing represents an extension to the current daily operation linking Doha with Budapest.
TRACOSA ADUANAS, the independent Spanish freight for- warder and agent of the U-Freight Group, has become an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in the Customs Simplifi- cations category.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has given its approval for International Airlines Group’s purchase of bmi from Lufthansa. The deal is expected to be completed around 20 April.
GLOBAL traffic results for February 2012 released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show a 5.2 percent rise in cargo demand compared to the same month in the previous year. But several factors inflated
the February results and dis- torted comparisons with the year-ago period, IATA points out; and when compared to January the picture becomes much more moderate, with cargo demand showing a 1.2 percent decline. IATA said the increase in
February was largely the result of shipments that were post-
poned in January due to the Chinese New Year holiday, and the comparison to the previous year which was also affected by the weak demand associated with the events sur- rounding the Arab Spring. Cargo growth was led by
Middle East carriers with an 18.2 percent increase in demand, a figure that was matched exactly by an 18.2 percent increase in capacity. The largest volume con-
tributor to February’s growth, however, was the Asia Pacific region, which posted a 10.2 percent year-on-year gain. European and North
Tyler warns of the risks facing aviation
American carriers saw their air cargo traffic volumes go down
by 1.4 percent and 0.3 percent respectively. Latin American airlines saw
the most significant decline with a 3.6 percent fall com- pared to previous-year levels, while African carriers posted growth of 3.2 percent – but on very small volumes. “We are ending the first
quarter with a considerable amount of uncertainty,” com- mented IATA director general Tony Tyler. He remarked that the polit-
ical risks facing aviation are growing and the rapid increase in the price of oil is already bit- ing hard.
Arrivals & Departures
■Menlo Worldwide Logis- tics has named VICTOR LOO director of operations, respon- sible for the development of Menlo’s capabilities in Singa- pore, Malaysia and Thailand.
■ MICHAEL HUERTA, act- ing administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administra- tion (FAA) since 5 December, has been nominated by Presi- dent Obama to take up the post on a permanent basis.
■ TITUS JOHNSON has been named vice president sales and marketing for New York’s Air Berlin Americas.
■ Dublin Airport Authority has appointed deputy chief executive OLIVER CUSSEN
ACROSS the nine gateways operated by ANA – Aeropor- tos de Portugal – cargo traffic fell by 0.4 percent year-on- year in February, to 10,722 tonnes. ANA noted: “Transactions with non-EU countries have
interim chief executive of the Irish gateway.
■ Saudi Airlines Cargo Com- pany has appointed KEKU GAZDER regional director cargo. Responsible for the fur- ther development of the
grown 8.9 percent, with high- lights to Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, and Moldavia.” Lisbon Portela airport pro-
cessed 6,788 tonnes of freight during the month, a drop of 5.8 percent compared to February 2011.
freight markets in India, Pak- istan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, he is based at the carrier’s office in Chennai.
■ UK-based air traffic solu- tions provider NATS has named JOHN SWIFT its Abu Dhabi-based director Middle East.
■ Southern Air has named VERN FINDLEY Department of Defense and business devel- opment board advisor.
■ WAYNE HOFFMAN (pic- tured), former chairman of Flying Tiger Line, has died aged 89 at his home in Indian Wells, California. Flying Tiger Line was acquired by FedEx in 1989.
Portuguese air gateways see slight decline in February Porto airport has continued
to perform positively since the beginning of the year, register- ing an 8.6 percent growth in February. Trucked freight amounted
to 1,276 tonnes, 38 percent of which was for Lisbon.
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