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Emirates' cargo unit to add new French route

Emirates SkyCargo to strengthen ops in Europe with Lyon becoming third French gateway

Emirates' cargo unit to add new French route
Emirates SkyCargo

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, is strengthening its operations in France, with Lyon to become its third French gateway next month.

The launch of flights to Lyon from December 5, operated by a A340-500 with a belly-hold capacity of 15 tonnes, will take the annual cargo capacity into and out of the country to more than 52,000 tonnes.

Emirates SkyCargo already operates seven flights to Nice and 19 to Paris, it said in a statement.

The new gateway is Emirates’ 35th destination in Europe and should help stimulate another period of growth in France’s international cargo trade, which has grown significantly since Emirates SkyCargo started operations.

In the last year it exported a total of 21,000 tonnes, representing an increase of 26 percent on the 15,600 tonnes carried during the same period in 2007/08.

“After Paris, Lyon is a major economic centre in France and the long-term outlook for international trade is positive,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president Cargo.

“France - with a weekly capacity of more than 1,000 tonnes spread across the belly-hold of 31 return passenger flights serving Paris, Nice and Lyon – is a key trading point for Emirates SkyCargo. We expect there to be demand for a variety of commodities going into and out of Lyon and have no doubt the destination will be a strong addition to our European network,” added Menen.

Goods coming into Lyon are expected to include leather products, clothing, textiles, pharmaceuticals and electronics, while wine, machine and electronics parts, and pharmaceuticals will be transported in the other direction.

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