New head of cargo for UK’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport
April 15, 2019: Virgin Atlantic executive Ray Wood has joined Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) as head of cargo. He brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the airline air freight sector.
Prior to this new role, he was regional sales manager for cargo at Virgin Atlantic. He has also worked with IAG Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo.
He joins the team at a key time for the airport as it reports a record year with 42 percent growth in tonnage and a number of new contract-wins since taking the cargo operation in-house in April 2018.
UK’s freighter-friendly airport has also seen new infrastructure and facilities delivered including a 50,000 sq ft transit shed facility, a fourfold increase in its capacity.
Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport informs: “He is responsible for the commercial and operational development of our cargo business and will build upon the excellent progress we have made in recent years.
“The airport has a diverse client base and continues to invest in people, processes and facilities increasing capacity and capability, which is a key step in the delivery of our Masterplan, published last year. This investment makes DSA a credible alternative to congested airports in the UK and the continent, which has led to us attracting new operators to the airport”
Ray said: “The opportunity of being able to build upon a fresh cargo operation, with some early successes under its belt was very attractive to me.
He continues: “DSA is well located to support the cargo needs of the UK, centrally located and connected to the motorway network with regional strengths in logistics. With 24/7 availability we have no slot constraints and offer full long-haul capability. There is significant potential to establish DSA as a major logistics hub within the Global Innovation Corridor, with 3M square feet of development space for multi-modal logistics facilities, making us a very attractive proposition.”
The airport is reporting record full-year cargo throughput levels for 2018-19 at 18,000 tonnes, increasing by 42 percent from 12,600 tonnes in 2017-18. The airport’s Masterplan targets doubling throughput to 40,000 tonnes per annum by 2022-23, through increasing scheduled freighter traffic, developing existing relationships and growing the client base. The long-term strategy predicts throughput increasing to 200,000 tonnes per annum.
Throughput has continued to grow at DSA since 2012 and it established its first scheduled freight services in 2017, with an initial handling of three 747 aircraft per week transporting perishable goods for the UK supermarket network, now increasing to six for the summer season.
You may also like:-
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) processed 180,745 kg of pomegranates from April to August 2020, making it India’s leading airport for pomegranate exports.
In this arrangement, CHAMP will be the preferred partner in the roll-out and testing of any new technologies and innovations.
The next big challenge will be future proofing the logistics workforce through training and upskilling in increasingly technologically sophisticated operations.
The IATA appointed independent assessment focuses on the quality assurance processes, operational and technical innovation, risk management, and the preservation of all relevant shipment data along the entire logistics chain.
In order to tackle these challenges, airports will require significant hydrogen transport and refueling infrastructure to meet the needs of day-to-day operations.
Flight CX8800 will be operated by a reconfigured Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft instead of Cathay Pacific's go-to ultra-long-haul freighter, the Boeing 747-8.
As the operation has been organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior, in the framework of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), the costs for the transport are co- financed up to 75 per cent by the European Commission.
Freight volumes handled at Europe's fifth-largest air cargo hub, Leipzig/Halle Airport, grew significantly in August. The volume of air freight rose by 12.7 percent to approximately 109,048 tonnes.
In order to reduce its ecological footprint, DB Schenker has equipped the new Orleans building with the latest technologies such as LED lighting, and maintains its premises without chemicals.
Turkish Cargo increased its global market share to 5.4 per cent from 3.9 per cent by accomplishing a growth by 67 per cent within the first half of 2020 thanks to its special cargo operations it has been maintaining by building up a global air bridge.
It emphasises the company's desire to support its long-standing and more recent customers in the area by delivering local services, supported by its global network.
The expanded schedule will offer enhanced connectivity for customers travelling to Dubai and beyond to Emirates’ network of over 85 destinations.
Prof. Dr Wouter Dewulf and Prof. Dr Roel Gevaers from the University of Antwerp and Pharma.aero’s Frank Van Gelder share their views on how a weak supply chain can destroy the quality of the Covid-19 vaccine.