FedEx Express Boosts European and International Air Network Capacity
FedEx Express has added three new flights and four flight capacity upgrades within Europe, adding almost 210,000 kilograms of weekly capacity on specific lanes in Europe.
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In anticipation of high holiday volumes, FedEx Express plans to temporarily increase its transatlantic air capacity by up to 20% during the busiest holiday week.
The intra-Europe flight upgrades, introduced in a phased approach as of September 2021, are a permanent addition to the FedEx Express air network.
These flights connect the FedEx Paris Charles-De-Gaulle (CDG) hub, the company’s largest hub in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa market, to key city gateways in Europe.
- CDG-Kiev (Ukraine): adding 68,000 kilograms of weekly capacity.
- CDG-Manchester (UK): adding 23,500 kilograms of weekly capacity.
- CDG-Stockholm (Sweden): adding 60,000 kilograms of weekly capacity.
Flight capacity upgrades
- CDG-Shannon (Ireland): replacing the existing ATR72-202 aircraft with the new ATR72-600, adding 3,500 kilograms of weekly capacity.
- CDG-Prague-Timisoara (Romania): replacing smaller ATR-72 aircraft with a B737 on the existing CDG-Prague connection and extending it to Timisoara in Romania, adding 35,000 kilograms of weekly capacity.
- CDG-Venice (Italy): replacing the ATR42 aircraft with the ATR72, adding 5,500 kilograms of weekly capacity.
- CDG-Katowice-Warsaw: replacing two smaller ATR aircraft with one B737, adding 12,500 kilograms of weekly capacity.
FedEx Express Investments Boost Capacity for Holiday Season
These upgrades represent the latest air network investments for FedEx Express in Europe. Combined with a recently announced new transpacific connection and additional peak season capacity between Europe and the US, the improvements to the air network will add up to 1 million kilograms of weekly capacity in December for businesses shipping their products across Europe and beyond.
“These latest air network investments demonstrate our commitment to growth, to our customers, and to supporting the flow of trade at a challenging time for supply chains and companies. Together with our peak capacity expansion to the US and our new EU-APAC flight, we are ready to support our customers during peak and beyond, whether they do business within Europe, or intercontinentally to the East or to the West.”Karen Reddington, President of FedEx Express Europe
As consumers continue to shop online through the pandemic, peak season in 2021 is likely to match or exceed the unprecedented holiday season in 2020, leading to a high demand for capacity.
In August, global demand for air cargo was already up 7.7% compared to pre-COVID levels. Supply chain challenges, including those in ocean freight, are also driving higher demands for air cargo capacity as businesses replenish stock levels ahead of the holiday season.
FedEx has been making strategic investments in all regions globally to meet the rise of cross-border trade and enable businesses to reach more consumers.
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Editorial Note: This post is from a Company Press Release and may have been modified for clarity.