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19:14AirBridgeCargo returned all the slots in Amsterdam airport
The Russian cargo airline AirBridgeCargo (RU) got back all its slots at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (AMS).
Everything has returned, the sediment remains
The decision in its favor was almost certainly played by the threat from Russia to close the country's airspace for all Dutch airlines in the event that no solution is found that satisfies the affected transport workers.
As a result of the two-day talks, KLM and AirBridgeCargo came to an agreement that would allow AirBridgeCargo to fully restore its activities at the Amsterdam airport in accordance with the airline's request. The parties must work out certain operational details, but the agreement in principle has been achieved in general.
AirBridgeCargo will resume its work in the coming weeks. Both carriers will continue to cooperate in order to avoid similar situations in the future - from the AirBridgeCargo press release.
The representative of KLM in an interview with Air Cargo News described the agreement as a "code-sharing" agreement, but details were not disclosed.
The essence of the conflict
The reason was the dispute over the provision of slots (time intervals during which the carrier's aircraft are entitled to take off) at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (AMS) of Russia's largest air carrier AirBridgeCargo. It arose on October 28 after a regular half-year review of the airport's tolerances: the slots of the Russian company were cut from 23 to 13.
The Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL), the organization responsible for their distribution in Schiphol, said that it had cut the AirBridgeCargo quota, since it did not fully use the intervals allocated to it. For the third busiest airport in Europe this is an unacceptable luxury.
And here KLM
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL) is the national carrier of the Netherlands and the largest base airline of Schiphol. Of course, it also has the largest pool of slots.
In addition, a significant part of its long-haul business falls on flights to China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and also to Kazakhstan, performed over the territory of the Russian Federation. As calculated by the publication De Telegraaf, a Russian ban on the use of airspace could affect up to 15% of the intercontinental route network.
As a result of the negotiations, KLM apparently went on to provide part of its AirBridgeCargo slots - and the terms on which the deal is made are a commercial secret of the airlines.
The real winner
Since October 28, when ACNL revised its quotas, the Russian carrier was forced to switch its traffic to Liege airport (LGG).
The Belgian airport turned out to be much cheaper - as it was already known - but at the same time it did not give way to Amsterdam in transport accessibility and convenience for the European contractors of the airline.
Now, after the scandal, AirBridgeCargo announces that it will perform up to 12 flights a week in Liege in the winter schedule.
Liège Airport has been negotiating with AirBridgeCargo for a long time, as both sides are interested in cooperation. We prefer to be not a "spare airfield", but a full-fledged permanent partner, and we see a long-term joint work in the future.
The airport Liège (LGG) has two runways and has a capacity of 22 departures per hour. While this with surpluses suffices all comers. In 2015 the passenger traffic of the airport was 299 292 people, the turnover of goods - 0.65 million tons
Liège Airport (LGG) has two runways and has a capacity of 22 departures per hour. While this with surpluses suffices all comers. In 2015 the passenger traffic of the airport was 299 292 people, the turnover of goods - 0.65 million tons
AirBridgeCargo (RU) - the main part of the holding Volga-Dnepr.
It has a fleet of 19 transport aircraft, 18 of which - Boeing 747 various modifications, including the most modern 747-8F. The company is one of the last customers of the cargo Jumbo Jet and is waiting for another 14 aircraft from the Boeing assembly plant in Everett, Washington.
The network of routes covers 24 destinations in 11 countries on 3 continents. The company specializes in regular flights from Chinese airports, Tokyo and Seoul to European hubs Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, London Heathrow and Amsterdam, as well as flights to the USA: trans-Pacific from Asia (via Anchorage) and transatlantic from Europe.
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