Saudia Cargo recently started its twice-weekly ‘Passenger as Freighter flights to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, widening its route network in Scandinavia for pharmaceuticals and perishables.
Saudia Airlines B777-300 passenger planes with 140-ton payload capacity per flight are being utilized as ‘preighters’ on this route.
“We have seen a growing demand for air cargo in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. And we believe that Copenhagen, as a central location in the Scandinavian region, is an ideal route to capture business from all these countries,” remarked Teddy Zebitz, Chief Cargo Officer, Saudia Cargo and himself a Danish.
The new flights are seen to boost Scandinavia’s import and export business amid continuing global recovery efforts in the post-pandemic era.
Saudi Arabia and Europe have robust bilateral trade relations boosted by regular cargo and passenger flights between them. Elsewhere in the Middle East, Europe is also highly valued for its pharmaceutical products, medicines, cars and trucks, tech products, machineries and equipment, food, among many other things.
“We hope these new flights will yield to better business between the destinations and create more opportunities. Air cargo facilitates one-third of the global trade and we, at Saudia Cargo, take our role in transporting goods across the world very seriously. We will do the job safely and efficiently,” affirmed Kenneth Fuhrmann, Saudia Cargo Director.
“With two weekly departures, we will not only be able to give the Danish market a good and quick connection to Saudi Arabia, but also to several international connections from Riyadh and Jeddah,” said Johan Toreheim, Managing Director, Euro Cargo Aviation, the company’s GSSA in Scandinavia.