By Andy Sambidge
Unit of UAE flag carrier says it moved nearly 50,000 tonnes during month, up 52%
Etihad Cargo, part of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has posted an all-time record for the amount of freight carried on its network.
In November, Etihad Cargo moved 49,700 tonnes of cargo around the world, the most it has ever carried in one month, and up 52 percent on the same period last year.
This surpassed the previous month of October, where cargo carried totalled 45,830 tonnes, up 39 percent year on year.
The figures reflect Etihad Cargo's continued upward momentum in what has been a record year to date.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways' chief strategy and planning officer, said: "These impressive figures have been driven largely by stronger performance into and out of some of our larger markets including China and India, as well as expanding markets such as the Netherlands and the United States.
"The record performance is also a reflection of strong demand in the final quarter, improved capacity utilisation on our freighter fleet, more cargo in the bellyhold of our passenger aircraft, and enhancements at our Abu Dhabi hub through subsidiary Etihad Airport Services - Cargo."
He said Etihad Cargo's Abu Dhabi hub had its best ever performance in November, where over the top five days it processed an average of 3,000 tonnes per day.
Knight added: "Looking ahead, we expect to maintain strong freight performance over the final month of 2013."