Virgin Atlantic Doubles Cargo Capacity for South Africa
Virgin Atlantic Cargo, the air freight division of British-based airline Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited has recently announced a major increase in capacity to support South Africa’s thriving air cargo market. The airline has launched a second daily service connecting London and Johannesburg.
Two Boeing 787-9 flights will operate each day and will give a welcome boost to Virgin Atlantic customers in the United States, who now have access to additional cargo capacity to South Africa over London.
Virgin for some time has experienced a strong demand for capacity to and from South Africa, this follows positive revenue and tonnage gains on the route in 2017. From January to the end of August US-South Africa volumes have displayed the largest growth up 8% year-on-year. Traffic from Johannesburg has also risen 2% higher mainly due to regular shipments of perishables – such as pre-packed fruit salads, vegetables and stone fruits, along with car parts, computer components, mining equipment and personal effects.
Virgin Atlantic Cargo Managing Director, Dominic Kennedy said, “We are experiencing a high level of demand for capacity to and from South Africa, so the launch of a second daily service will go some way to providing the extra space with our customers in the UK, the US and South Africa need. On October 28, our first day of double daily services, both flights operated with full payloads totalling 34 tonnes and we expect this to continue given the broad range of goods moving to and from Johannesburg. This is one of our best-ever years on the route, which Virgin has now served for over 22 years.”