DHL Express launches Vancouver-Cincinnati freighter as e-commerce booms

02 / 11 / 2018

DHL Express has launched a direct flight from Vancouver to Cincinnati in order to serve an "unparalleled growth" in e-commerce. 

The direct flight from Vancouver International Airport into Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the DHL Express Americas hub, comes as a result of "double-digit shipment growth" into Vancouver generated from growing international trade – specifically between the US and Canada.

A spokesperson for the express and logistics giant said that inbound shipments increased by 38% to Vancouver, while outbound volumes increased by 10%.

Andrew Williams, chief executive for DHL Express Canada, said: “The new flight will help to meet the rising demand of US exporters and also create more opportunity for Vancouver’s small and medium-sized businesses to trade internationally, by improving reliability, connectivity and capacity between the two markets.”

The flight operates daily, arriving at 8 am to Vancouver and departing at 7 pm, improving the transit time by an additional hour for both inbound and outbound shipments and offering customers better pick-up and delivery windows, while also improving service delivery times and reliability.

The new flight also increases shipment capacity on the route by up to 40%.

Th carrier said that, with the rising number of small and medium-sized enterprises venturing into e-commerce, DHL is seeing higher demand for dedicated solutions in several industry sectors including fashion, consumer electronics, media products and consumer pharmaceutical products.

To meet these demands, DHL Express has also invested €3m in four new service points in Ontario, Ottawa, Calgary and Surrey this year. With these latest additions, DHL Express now has 17 owned locations throughout Canada and more than 450 partner locations.

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