Cork Airport welcomed the news that DHL Express is to establish new cargo operations from Cork to DHL Express’ largest European hub in Leipzig, Germany. DHL Express will offer one of the most modern and efficient freighter services in the world, operated initially by a Boeing 767 aircraft five days per week using flight number CFG7160/1, Monday to Friday inclusive, before switching a Boeing 737-400F.  

The inaugural service was operated by D-ABUD Boeing 767-330(ER) MSN 26983 on Monday 19th April. The aircraft operated a return passenger rotation from Frankfurt Main to Cancun 15th April before positioning to Leipzig on 18th in advance of launch of Cork Service.

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said “We are delighted to welcome the DHL Express Cargo Operations to Cork Airport. The changes arising from Covid-19 have provided us with the opportunity to diversify our business into new areas supporting cargo, offshore gas and wind operations. The aircraft to be operated by DHL is a large wide-body and we are delighted that Cork and Munster will now have an additional five times weekly air cargo operation to serve the expanding needs of the business community of the South of Ireland. We look forward to working with our new partners DHL Express into the future”, he added.

Mike Farrell, Operations Director at DHL Express Ireland said “The Cork region continues to be a hugely important part of the DHL Express Ireland network and as volumes continue to grow both in and out of the region, it has allowed us to take the next step in our development through operating a dedicated aircraft in this sector. This move will provide for earlier deliveries and later collections which will only serve to strengthen the commercial offer of customers within Cork.”

Condor has leased four Boeing 767-300’s to DHL for belly cargo operations. The aircraft are being used by DHL to supplement the increase in cargo capacity on a number of routes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Image courtesy of Cork Airport 

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