Record year for Saudia Cargo

03 / 02 / 2014

  • Nabil Khojah, chief executive of Saudia Cargo

    Nabil Khojah, chief executive of Saudia Cargo

SAUDI Airlines Cargo performed well last year, despite the difficult economic climate.

Total cargo carried in 2013 climbed to 557,800 tonnes, an increase of eight per cent on 2012. Scheduled cargo revenue rose six per cent.

In a strong finish to the year, the carrier achieved record results for both scheduled revenue and charters, with increases of 12 and 141 per cent respectively in December.    

“2013 has been another productive year for us,” points out Nabil Khojah, chief executive of Saudia Cargo.

“This is largely due to internal measures to further boost the performance in Saudi Arabia and a very strong fourth quarter, which has resulted in a total annual growth in scheduled revenue of six per cent over 2012,” he adds.

Growth was also recorded in ground handling activities, where the main stations of Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Medina grew by 3.6 per cent in 2013 following upgrades to the facilities.  

A key factor in the airline’s success has been its expanding freighter network.

Through the introduction of new routes and increased capacity on selected destinations across the globe, Saudia Cargo has been able to grow its share in a number of markets, recording significant growth in revenue in the Indian subcontinent (+32 per cent), UAE (+11), Belgium (+83), Germany (+23), UK (+10) and Hong Kong (+18).

Saudi Airlines Cargo operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier Saudia. The cargo airline also provides worldwide charter flights.