Lufthansa Cargo plans new routes despite demand decline

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Lufthansa Cargo's volumes fell 3.5% in the first six months in 2013, but the freight airline is pressing ahead with new route launches.

The volume of freight and mail carried by Luftansa Cargo dropped to 839,000t, while capacity was trimmed 3.9% to just over six billion freight tonne-kilometres. Hence, load factor increased 0.8 percentage points to 70%.

The airline blames the weak performance of the global economy for the fall in demand. "The recent withdrawals of a number of cargo airlines from the market demonstrate the degree to which the air freight industry is struggling with this [economic situation]," says chief executive Karl Ulrich Garnadt.

Nevertheless, Lufthansa Cargo plans to open new routes to the USA, South America and China as part of its winter schedule.