07 January 2013

Finnair Cargo to Open New Freighter Hub at Brussels Airport

- Brussels is one of Europe's key gateways for cargo 
- Weekly MD-11 freighter services 
- Finnair Cargo operates to 14 Asian destinations in summer 2013 

07 January 2013 - To strengthen its global cargo offering Finnair Cargo is pleased to announce that from March 2013 Brussels Airport will serve as its new freighter hub in Continental Europe to complement the service via Finnair's home hub at Helsinki Airport.

Brussels is one of Europe's key gateways for cargo, offering great connections to numerous locations in Europe with fast road feeder services covering the European air cargo market within easy reach in less than 8 hours from Brussels. Brussels Airport is located in the centre of European pharmaceutical industry, which offers great expansion opportunities for Finnair Cargo.

Finnair Cargo will initiate the Brussels freighter hub with weekly MD-11 freighter services, connecting Brussels with New York JFK, Chicago O'Hare and Finnair's Helsinki hub with non-stop freighter flights. During summer 2013 Finnair Cargo offers extensive network via Helsinki hub to 14 Asian destinations, including 3 destinations in Japan, 5 in China, and dedicated freighter flights to Hong Kong and Mumbai. "Finnair Cargo's target is to become one of TOP 5 cargo carriers between Europe and Northeast Asia, and the opening of Brussels cargo hub to strengthen our cargo service via Helsinki is an important step in this vision", states Mr Juha Järvinen, Managing Director of Finnair Cargo. 

Finnair Cargo operates to 14 Asian destinations in summer 2013: Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo Narita, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chongqing, Xi'an, Hanoi, Delhi, Bangkok and Singapore with Airbus A330/340 aircraft, and dedicated MD-11 freighter flights to Hong Kong and Mumbai. 

The new hub enables the expansion of Finnair Cargo's Freighter service network and introduces two new freighter destinations: Brussels and Chicago.

To optimize aircraft usage and to provide more extensive air cargo service and seamless connections to customers Finnair Cargo has launched new freighter rotation schedule from March 2013. 

Finnair´s cargo business unit is formed by two Finnair Group subsidiaries, Finnair Cargo Oy and Finnair Cargo Terminal Operations Oy. The total number of employees for these two companies is approximately 170. 

Source: Finnair Cargo