Thursday, November 19, 2020

Cargo Airline Responds to Changing World with New Air Freight Service Introduction

Plus Increased Capacity on a Variety of Established Routes
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UK – PUERTO RICO – Whilst passenger flights remain firmly in the doldrums it seems air freight continues to support at least some operators in the sector. An upsurge in demand has seen a new cargo service launch this month between London Heathrow and San Juan.

Commencing on the 24 November, the Virgin Atlantic Cargo service is the first time that the airline has operated cargo flying to Puerto Rico and it will be serving the destination twice weekly on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

This new route will present opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and electronic devices between prime markets in the UK and Europe and Puerto Rico. Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said:

“We are delighted to welcome San Juan to our network, and we are excited about the new growth opportunities this presents for our customers. Over 11 million kilogrammes of cargo move between Puerto Rico and Europe each month and we are confident Virgin Atlantic Cargo will gain a healthy share of this market.

“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Virgin Atlantic Cargo has played a vital role keeping global supply chains running and transporting essential goods around the world. We are continually innovating, bringing in new destinations in line with demand to expand our cargo only offering.”

This month Virgin Atlantic Cargo has increased its capacity on key routes such as from the UK to Shanghai, Hong Kong and the US. In addition the company says its charter service continues to be in demand from customers worldwide. Since the airline operated its first cargo only service in March, it has gone on to fly over 330 cargo only charters.

Despite the UK government restrictions on travel, Virgin Atlantic says its cargo business continues to go from strength to strength. The airline is set to fly over 800 sectors in November, nearly 60% are cargo only. This represents a 14% increase in cargo only flying month on month, highlighting the airline’s quick reaction to a rapidly changing external environment.