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Court rules Frankfurt ban stays in place 4


comments on what

lies ahead 7

THE GERMAN Federal Administra- tive Court in Leipzig has upheld a ban on all night-time flights between 2300 and 0500 hours at Frank- furt-Main airport, the country’s busiest air cargo hub. The ruling is being

seen as a serious set- back to air freight service providers at Frankfurt including Lufthansa Cargo, which estimates that the ban will cost it up to 40 million euros (US$52.7 million) a year in lost earnings. The German state of Hesse, where

Pharma business

continues to thrive


sion was overturned. “This latest deci-

sion means that the ban on night flights from Frankfurt will remain in force until further notice,” a Lufthansa statement said. Lufthansa CEO

Franz: “terrible blow

to Germany’s reputation as a place to do business”

Christoph Franz de- scribed the decision of the court as “a ter- rible blow to Ger- many’s reputation as a place to do business”. He said that “there

is no doubt that one of Europe’s largest

the airport is located, originally gave permission for 17 flights every night at the airport, but following com- plaints by local residents that deci-

LOT POLISH Airlines has intro- duced a twice-weekly B767-200 freighter service between Chicago and Katowice. Operated as a wet lease with Cana-

hubs will fall behind in international competition”, adding: “This is a good day for our rivals in Paris, London, Amsterdam and Dubai.” The German flag-carrier has previ-

ously stated that the court’s response on the night flight ban would affect

commented: “Chicago was selected for the all-cargo service because it’s the top destination where cargo is trans- ported to and from Poland. “Nearly 70 percent of air freight

from Poland to Chicago is trans- ported by LOT,” he added.


providers offer

options 10 Canadian

flag-carrier faces up to challenges

decisions on where Lufthansa makes future investments. Lufthansa Cargo CEO Karl Ulrich

Garnadt said that the freight carrier would assess how its customers re- acted to the new summer flight plan before making a final decision on its future investments at the Frankfurt airport. “Switching to other airports is

impossible for Lufthansa Cargo... Frankfurt is an indispensable part of our business model. This is the only place where freighters and passenger aircraft can be linked quickly and smoothly,” he remarked. Fraport chief executive Stefan

Schulte said the night-time restric- tions would have to be accepted, “however difficult and annoying that is, particularly for freight and given all the associated negative economic

consequences”. n Frankfurt-Main opened a fourth runway in October 2011 to increase its capacity.

LOT Polish Airlines launches freighter operations to Chicago O’Hare LOT also operates seven B767-

300 passenger services between War- saw and Chicago, and the frequency will step up to nine a week from June. Pirog noted that the airline will fly

dian all-cargo carrier Cargojet, LOT Polish Airlines CEO Marcin Pirog

its all-new B787 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft to Chicago from January 2013.

WORLD NEWS P3, 4 & 6 ● PEOPLE P4 ● TRADEFINDER P11 Arslanova (left) takes

delivery of the B747-8F from Boeing vice

president Jeff Klemann ABC takes delivery of second B747-8F

AIRBRIDGECARGO Airlines (ABC), part of the Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest all-cargo airline, has taken delivery of its second B747-8 freighter from Boeing. The 140-tonne payload freighter – the second of an order for five of the

new-generation cargo aircraft, with options for five more –will be de- ployed on ABC’s existing route network linking Europe, Asia and the US with the airline’s Moscow hub. Tatyana Arslanova, ABC executive vice president, commented: “We

have been successfully operating our first B747-8F for three months and the deployment of the second plane will see the continued realisation of ABC’s fleet modernisation and optimisation strategy.” She added: “The optimisation of new aircraft in our fleet will have a

direct impact on our commitment to further quality improvement.” With the addition of the new freighter, the ABC fleet now contains 12 B747Fs of various types.

9 April 2012

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