Air Canada to expand Frankfurt cargo handling capacity

By Damian Brett

Air Canada Cargo will expand its handling operation in Frankfurt as it continues to roll out its freighter network.

The airline, which launched freighter flights late last year, will increase its handling capacity at the German hub by 35% in preparation for the start of service to the airport by its Boeing 767-300ER freighters later this year.

The new capacity is in addition to the existing 5,000 sq m already occupied by Air Canada Cargo in its self-handled Frankfurt facility.

John Lloyd, director, Europe, Middle East and India at Air Canada Cargo, said: “This represents a significant enhancement for Air Canada Cargo in Frankfurt, a facility that plays a key role in our global operations.

“It will further enhance our capabilities as we ramp up operations with the anticipated arrival of regular freighter operations into this critical hub.”

On January 2, the carrier’s first B767 freighter began operating a three-times-per week loop covering Toronto-Miami-Quito-Lima.

And from January 15, a new weekly flight to San Juan was added from Toronto, while another three-times-per week service will fly between the Canadian city and Mexico City and Guadalajara.

In total, the carrier plans to convert eight of its B767 aircraft into a freighter configuration. The second aircraft is due to be delivered in the first half of this year.

Air Canada Cargo expands new freighter network

 

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]