Air France KLM Martinair cargo to suspend service to Chennai

TE Raja Simhan Chennai | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on February 08, 2015

As part of an adjustment in its Asian freight network, Air France KLM Martinair cargo is suspending its thrice a week call to Chennai from April 1.

The suspension of Hong Kong-Chennai-Mumbai-Amsterdam Schipol service is in line with the changing global airfreight market to further rationalise the capacity offer, the airline said in a trade notice. The airline will continue to serve customer by carrying cargo in the passenger aircraft. It operates 14 flights a week from Delhi, seven flights a week from Mumbai and six weekly flights from Bangalore. The freighter that is to be suspended offers good connections from Chennai to Mexico/African/South American destinations that are new focus areas for Indian exports. The airline carries cargo such as automobile spare parts and garments, sources said.

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo is the dedicated air cargo business of the Air France KLM Group.

Industry sources said that there is tremendous pressure on European carriers from Gulf-based airlines such as Emirates, Qatar and Etihad by providing capacity in both passenger aircraft and dedicated freighter service.

Published on February 08, 2015
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