Air, Freight News

Air Partner ready for Olympic rush

[ June 9, 2016   //   ]

Aviation services group Air Partner is launching a ‘Rio Express’ freight service before and after the Olympic Games this summer. In the run-up to the Games, Air Partner will have exclusive freight availability on a weekly Sunday MD11 freighter flight from Frankfurt to Rio de Janeiro, starting on 10 July and ending on 24 July. The return flights will operate on 25, 26 and 27 August.

Air Partner says that the Rio Express is one of only two freight operators that have secured cargo slots at Galeão airport; all other freighters have to fly into Viracopos International Airport, which is about three hours further away from the Olympic venues by truck.

All cargo will be transported in containers tto speed handling and the flights will also arrive first thing on Monday morning (00.05), which will make them a priority for customs.

Air Partner director of freight, Mike Hill, said: “This is the second time that we have operated this type of service – following on from the success of the ‘Sochi Express’ at the 2014 Winter Olympics – and we expect it to be just as popular with clients this time around. We know that not all our freight forwarder clients will have enough cargo to warrant a full charter, and this service will enable them to transport smaller amounts in a cost-effective way.”