Sweden is such a large cargo market because of the country´s strong export industry. Today, 45 per cent of Sweden’s GDP is linked to exports almost twice the global average. Sweden is centrally located to serve Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Baltics and has a world-class transport infrastructure. We have a good balance of exports and imports and a good mix of commodities – machinery, spares, pharmaceuticals and salmon.
E-commerce will continue to grow and will increase the number of smaller shipments due to the buying pattern of consumers.
Cargo business is doing great and cargo capacity continues to expand with new passenger long haul routes. The Swedish air cargo market is quick to support direct capacity.
Swedavia, a state owned company that operates 10 airports across Sweden, is working on expanding capacity across its airports, and there are substantial plans for Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport. We work together with our Real Estate department to plan for future Cargo and Logistics Areas.
Heavy cargo flights require cargo terminal operators with approved security programs, special loading and unloading equipment, and a runway system and parking stands with the capacity to take larger cargo aircraft. This limits operations to four of our airports.
There are a number of air cargo companies operating today at Swedavia´s airports - including Korean Air Cargo, Turkish Airlines Cargo, UPS, DHL, TNT and FedEx.
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Finnair Cargo is one of the largest two air cargo carriers in the Nordic and Baltic region. It specialises in flying high-value items the short Northern route between Europe and Asia from its Helsinki COOL hub, Europe's newest and most advanced air cargo terminal. Last year was the fastest growth period in Finnair’s illustrious history and Cargo grew revenue by 13.5% to €197.4 million. The airline carried 157,028 tons of freight in 2017, up by 8.6% on 2016.
Finnair has invested heavily in technological innovations and digital to radically improve transparency and efficiency and last year Finnair Cargo launched Cargo Eye. The Internet of Things monitoring system provides real-time data to the Control Center in Helsinki showing where every truck, aeroplane and shipment is, it displays arrival times and connecting transport and in the future, it will monitor the temperature of cargo at every step of the journey. The intelligence will also be made available to customers for real-time monitoring.
Turkish Airlines has started to cargo service in 1936. Turkish Cargo was founded as a sub-brand of Turkish Airlines in 2000, and since then, it has been providing service as one of the most performing air cargo carrier in global cargo market.
According to performance results of 2017, Turkish Cargo has placed in top ten global air cargo carriers by carrying 1 million 130 thousand tonnes of shipment. In addition to the wide flight network of Turkish Airlines, which is currently flying to the most destinations as 121 countries, Turkish Cargo is providing to 81 destinations with cargo flights, and providing air cargo service to more than 300 destinations around the world. Turkish Cargo is giving service with 18 cargo aircrafts and 328 passenger aircrafts of Turkish Airlines from its hub, Istanbul which has strategic importance by connecting the continents. Vision of Turkish Cargo is becoming one of the 5 top global air cargo carriers in 2023, with proceeding sustainable and reliable growth as the fastest growing and developing air cargo brand within the World.