Lufthansa Cargo has added a third weekly freighter fl ight from Dallas/ Ft Worth International Airport to Frankfurt, building on the carrier’s 14-percent growth in import and export volumes in 2006. The additional Lufthansa Cargo fl ight marks the third new European-bound cargo flightadded within the past year at DFW.
“Lufthansa’s additional weekly fl ight is another great sign that DFW is continuing to build on its impressive cargo growth,” said Joe Lopano, DFW’s executive vice president of marketing and terminal management.
“The very strong North Texas economy is fueling the market, and robust cargo growth is bringing DFW more international service and opportunities for expansion.”
Over the past 12 months DFW has seen signifi cant European growth with the addition of Lufthansa’s new fl ight to Frankfurt as well as non-stop fl ights to Paris and Brussels on Air France Cargo and SIA Cargo, respectively. The continuing market strength is due in part to steady economic growth in North Texas, which is now home to 22Fortune 500 companies.
“Lufthansa Cargo has been able to grow signifi cantly over the past two years due to a very strong market here in DFW,” said Thomas Rohrmeier, Lufthansa Cargo district manager sales. “DFW has proven itself to be a great mid-continent location for Lufthansa Cargo to collect and distribute our clients’ products. I am quite sure that this is only the beginning of our expansion at DFW.”
Lufthansa Cargo will fl y the added non-stop route between Frankfurt and DFW each Wednesday, using an MD-11 freighter with a capacity of approximately 85 tonnes. The new fl ight, which began March 28, will complement the existing Friday andSunday service.
The expansion of service to Frankfurt adds an additional benefi t to DFWarea businesses as Lufthansa Cargo is capable of moving DFW to Frankfurtbound cargo on to locations throughout Europe and around the world with192 destinations in 78 countries.
“DFW continues to be home to amazing facilities allowing cargo carriers unfettered access to major highways as well as the ability to land aircraft twentyfour hours a day,” said Bill Frainey, DFW’s assistant vice president of marketing. “DFW maintains absolutely great cross-dock and logistics facilities as well as additional infrastructure in place surrounding the airport for warehousing.”