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Virgin Atlantic Cargo expands operations to Billund

Virgin Atlantic Cargo expands operations to Billund

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is set to increase its flying, as it expands its network to Billund Airport from August 3, 2022, following its operations continuing to go from strength to strength. As demand to transport cargo remains strong Virgin Atlantic Cargo will transport air freight from Billund Airport, which is currently transported on trucks.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo will support Billund Airport in transporting Danish e-commerce exports to the American market, as it continues to keep global supply chains running across the globe.

The increase in scheduled operations comes as Virgin Atlantic Cargo delivered a record performance in 2021, achieving revenue of £448m, up more than 200% on 2019 and up 40% on 2020.

With a capacity of 28 tons of air freight per flight, Virgin Atlantic Cargo is expected to transport goods, which today are transported from Billund Airport to European hubs by truck. The partnership will see the Danish air freight export industry receive more direct connections to the USA, as Virgin Atlantic Cargo support’s the airports ambition to grow its air freight business and establish the cargo industry at Billund Airport.

Steve Buckerfield, head of cargo sales at Virgin Atlantic Cargo commented: “We are very excited to bring this new dedicated all-cargo service, connecting our customers in Billund and the wider Scandinavian Region with Virgin Atlantic’s extensive route network via London Heathrow. We will be targeting urgent pharmaceutical, automotive and perishable cargoes destined for the USA, Africa, Israel and the Indian Subcontinent.”

Jan Hessellund, CEO, Billund Airport, added: “As a result of some good route development and great performance in our cargo center, Billund Airport is once again chosen by an air freight operator. Virgin Atlantic Cargo is a large, recognised airline that will support the Danish e-commerce exports to the American market. We look forward to welcoming them.”

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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