Coyne returns to Vatry for Caspian flights

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UK freight operator Coyne Airways is to switch its European flight hub back to Vatry International Airport in France in a bid to achieve faster deliveries across its Caspian network.

The carrier has been using Brno in the Czech Republic for its service to Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijn and Armeni since switching operations from Vatry in 2002 because of operating restrictions placed on its Ilyushin Il-76F flights.

Now Coyne is to operate two to three weekly Antonov An-12 flights from Vatry to Tbilisi, Aktau and Atyrau, as well weekly flights to Uralsk and Askhhabad.

Chief executive Larry Coyne says: “Moving our hub back to Vatry provides important commercial benefits for us and our customers. It is a specialist cargo airport in the heart of Europe with good road transport links. By avoiding the need to truck cargo to Brno, we are effective reducing transit times by 24 hours. With shipments originating in Europe and North America, this is an important time saving.”