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Air carriers have been caught in a crossfire of a United States and China trade war. Ian Putzger looks at the implications for the Transpacific freight market
Stan Abbott analyses the highly specialist transportation of racing cars and other high-performance competition vehicles
With a rapidly growing route network in the Europe–Asia market, Finnair Cargo is a growing player in global air freight. Satu Dahl speaks with Fredrik Wildtgrube, Head of Global Sales at Finnair Cargo, to get more insight into the carrier’s strategy for success


Keith Mwanalushi
The downward trend in cargo transport continued in June. Brussels Airport, for instance, a major European cargo hub, saw a significant decline of 17% compared to the same month last year. In June 2018, the airport says it shipped more than 64,000 tonnes of cargo; this year it handled around 10,000 tonnes less. The slowdown in demand can be felt in all segments and by all airlines. The trucked cargo underwent the strongest downturn: 26.6% lower than June last year. The reduction in cargo transport is also noticeable in other European airports and is due to continuing economic uncertainty. We have also seen some major European cargo carriers adjust their summer 2019 scheduling by reducing frequencies to reflect this weaker demand. The trade disputes between the US and China hasn't made things any easier, the issue of trade wars is certainly something we need to worry about. In this edition of the magazine, we analyse the problem and we find that it is damaging the cargo business, particularly on the Transpacific trade routes. The message is echoed across the industry. The US and China are recording pronounced losses and sharply declining trade volumes and the tariffs are definitely having an impact. ANA Cargo tells us that there is a rapid decline of cargo volume between Japan and China as a result of trade frictions between China and North America. Overall, global economic growth is set to continue, at least for the second half of the year but translating that growth into growth in trade will be the key challenge; and Brexit-related trade uncertainty in Europe and trade tensions between the US and China will continue to contribute negatively.

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Network Airline Management and Liege... bookmark

Network Airline Management (NAM) and Liege Airport are pleased to extend their already long standing working relationship for a further 3 years, cementing the cargo operation in Liege for the foreseeable future. Since Network moved their freighter operation to Liege in 2014, cargo levels have strongly increased with unprecedented growth across all sectors. This is mainly down to the introduction of various new freighter routes and destinations served from Liege. Liege airport is one of the most cargo friendly airports in Europe, with global connectivity by air and European connectivity by road, making it the perfect gateway for cargo operations.

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  • The ERA Awards recognise a selection of winners, including: Gold, Silver and Bronze Airline of the Year, Airport of the Year and the Personal Excellence Award.
  • This year’s winners included Air Nostrum, ASL Airlines Ireland, Avion Express, Aarhus Airport and ERA Vice President Martin Isler.