Etihad Airways and Parma Airport have signed an agreement to develop cargo traffic at the airport of the central Italian city, it was announced on Monday.
The exclusive agreement initially includes the establishment of a cargo transit centre at Parma Airport to receive cargo for forwarding to Milan Malpensa Airport for onward transport, the carrier said in a statement.
It added that the project will be developed in conjunction with Etihad Cargo and partner airlines.
Etihad Airways with its equity partner, Alitalia, currently offers bellyhold capacity on 38 weekly flights between Italy and the UAE. In addition there are six weekly freighter services from Milan, including a twice weekly service to Bogotá and the four times a week service to Abu Dhabi, which offer a combined capacity of 800 tonnes.
David Kerr, vice president of Etihad Cargo, said: "This agreement with Parma Airport is a further demonstration of our confidence in Italy, one of the largest cargo markets in Europe.
"We have already strengthened our freighter capacity out of Milan in the last few weeks, having placed a new 777 freighter on the Milan-Bogotá sector, so the opportunity to use Parma gives us a further chance to strengthen our cargo services from Europe.”
Parma is at the centre of one of the largest exporting regions in Italy for high value goods.
Work has already begun to adapt the airport infrastructure for the new service to be operational from July.
Etihad Cargo is a division of Etihad Airways with a dedicated fleet of 11 freighters and an additional freighter to be added during 2016.
Over the previous year, Etihad Cargo grew its global reach by offering bellyhold capacity on Etihad Airways’ six new passenger destinations to destinations including Edinburgh and Madrid, bringing to over 100 the total number of passenger destinations on which cargo services are currently provided.
Etihad Cargo also expanded its freighter services to several new markets including Dakar, Nouakchott and Douala, bringing the number of freighter-only destinations operated to 20.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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