Volga and CargoLogicAir sign agreement with Liege to strengthen their position in Europe
July 18, 2018: Volga-Dnepr Group and CargoLogicAir have signed a memorandum of understanding with Liege Airport for strategic partnership to strengthen their European operations. With the MoU, signed at the Farnborough International Airshow, Volga-Dnepr Group (VDG), one of the leading group of air freight carriers, and its strategic partner CargoLogicAir (CLA), aim to strengthen their positions in the European market through development of a regional hub and enhancement of freighter capacity.
Within the next three to five years the three parties will join their efforts in establishing a regional hub for VDG and CLA freighter operations with the provision of efficient cargo handling for up to 30 cargo flights per week, including for special cargoes which are of high demand among their customers. All the flights will be supported by maintenance facilities to be organised on the airport’s premises.
Liege airport, which has been favored by many cargo carriers recently, will support both companies in opening up new routes and establishing the communication channel with competent government authorities for smooth operations both with other comingled airports of Europe, as well as worldwide. On top of this, Liege Airport will provide VDG and CLA with sufficient ground handling, warehousing and office areas for smooth coordination and operation of freighter flights.
“I wish to thank Liege Airport for their enthusiasm and teamwork. This has helped us to reach this agreement so quickly, and will create new opportunities for our customers worldwide by guaranteeing more smooth, seamless, and efficient delivery options,” said Alexey Isaykin, President of Volga-Dnepr Group.
Commenting on the partnership, David Kerr, CEO of CargoLogicAir said that the partnership will boost its cargo services covering major catchment areas of Europe and provide convenience to its customers. "We will be able to guarantee high-end services based on reliable partnership with Liege airport, which is not only one of the most cargo-friendly airports, but also shows significant steps of development in air cargo handling – the area of paramount importance for carriers which aim for quality, speed, and safety," Kerr added.
From LGG point of view, the AirBridgeCargo hub adds an additional capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes. This is besides 23,000 sq metre first line warehouse and 4,000 sq metre offices.
"Liege Airport is looking forward to growing the cooperation with all members of the Volga-Dnepr Group and its strategic partner. We believe that, each on our level, both Liege Airport and VD Group are investing in cargo, and are focused on cargo and logistics 100 percent," said Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport.