Virgin Atlantic Cargo reports significant ex Dubai growth

In the first six months of this year Virgin Atlantic Cargo carried over 30% more cargo from Dubai – figures were boosted by further U.S. routes and frequencies and by traffic generated by disruptions at U.S. ports disruptions.

For the six month period ending 30 June 2015, the airline carried 2.4 million kilos ex Dubai, compared to 1.8 million kilos for the same period the previous year.  Strong increases were seen in the volume of cargo destined for London as well as beyond London to the United States.  The airline’s additional daily frequency to New York JFK and the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new Atlanta route both contributed significantly to the increase.

John Lloyd, Senior Vice President Cargo at Virgin Atlantic, said: “Given the intense level of competition in the region, our performance from Dubai in the opening six months of 2015 is very encouraging.  Our increased capacity to the U.S. has made a big difference and was particularly important during this period as customers looked for alternative routes into the U.S. to avoid the port disruptions there.

“We have also seen improvements in our service levels this year after they were impacted towards the end of 2014 during our ground handler’s relocation in Dubai.  The result for the first half is testimony to our customers’ confidence in Virgin Atlantic’s seamless cargo connections through our London hub and our aim now is to maintain this for the rest of the year.”

Virgin Atlantic commenced operations from Dubai over nine years ago and its daily Airbus A330-300 flights each offer some 20 tonnes of cargo capacity.  Access to Virgin Atlantic’s eleven U.S. destinations from London is particularly popular with customers moving goods from Dubai, as well as the airline’s fast trucking services to other key cities across North America.

In August 2014, Virgin Atlantic awarded a new GSA contract to Globe Air Cargo in Dubai to market the airline’s freight and courier express services in a move to simplify its freight and courier express sales for customers in the UAE and take advantage of the Dubai market’s strong growth forecast.