Munich belly boost makes up for lost freighters

A NEW B777 passenger service from Singapore Airlines and the start of Il-96 freighter services by Polet, will be key sources of growth for Munich Airport in the months ahead, making up for the loss of B747F services from Cathay Pacific and Korean Air in the downturn.Cathay ended its freighter operations in December 2008, with Korean following in May. British Airways also withdrew a weekly A300 feeder freighter, operated by DHL, leaving the airport with just short-haul integrator flights.Andreas Bergmann, manager cargo marketing for Munich, says that cargo throughput has not suffered, however. When Munich, like other German airports, experienced a surge of cargo in the third quarter, belly cargo from such carriers as Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad, Air China, Thai Airways and South African Airways was able to take up the slack.
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