Freight Volga Dnepr Group plans new base in Europe

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Russia’s Volga Dnepr Group is planning to launch a new all-cargo carrier based in Leipzig-Halle.

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According to the newspaper Cargo Facts, the carrier plans to get an AOC for the new carrier by the end of 2018. Neither a name nor a time for the launch has been determined.

Currently, Volga Dnepr offers scheduled flights from Leipzig-Halle to Moscow-Sheremetyevo, operated by Air Bridge Cargo. In addition to the scheduled flights Volga Dnepr founded Ruslan Salis GmbH in 2006 at Leipzig-Halle Airport. The company offers Antonov AN124-100 services to NATO members and EU countries for the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) to support humanitarian programmes all over the world. Two AN-124-100 are permanently based in Leipzig.

The Volga Dnepr Group has three airline subsidiaries which are all based in Moscow.

The main airline Volga Dnepr Airlines operates a fleet of 12 Antonov AN124-100 and five Ilyushin-76 for charter freight operations. Air Bridge Cargo offers scheduled freight operations with eleven Boeing 747-8F and seven Boeing 747-400F. Air Bridge Cargo is the largest Russian cargo airline, covering more than 30 destinations worldwide. Atran Air is the third cargo airline which operates three Boeing 737-400F aircraft for express cargo flights.

Leipzig-Halle Airport is Germany’s second largest cargo airport and the fifth largest in Europe. The freight handling operations are growing and reached a figure of 828,163.1 tonnes from January until September 2017. The German logistic service provider DHL moved its Europe hub from Brussels Airport to Leipzig-Halle in 2008.

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