FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, has added three new flights and four flight capacity upgrades to improve its intra-Europe air network capacity ahead of peak season.
These upgrades have been made in response to the 7.7% increase in the global demand for air cargo in August as well as the expectation that the 2021 peak season will meet or exceed the unprecedented 2020 holiday season.
The three extra flights will fly from the Charles De Gaulle (CDG) hub in Paris, France, to Kiev in the Ukraine, Manchester in the UK, and Stockholm in Sweden, and will respectively add 68,000kg, 23,500kg and 60,000kg to the company’s weekly capacity. In total, this will add almost 210,000kg of weekly capacity to specific European lanes. Introduced as a part of a phased approach in September 2021, these upgrades will remain a permanent addition to the FedEx Express air network and connect the FedEx Paris CDG hub to key city hubs and gateways in Europe.
In anticipation of high holiday volumes, FedEx Express will also temporarily increase its transatlantic air capacity, reaching up to 20% additional capacity in the busiest week of the holiday season. Together with a recently announced new transpacific connection, as well as additional peak season capacity between Europe and the USA, these investments add a total of up to 1,000,000kg of weekly capacity in December for businesses shipping their products across Europe or intercontinentally.
Karen Reddington, president of FedEx Express Europe, said, “These latest air network investments demonstrate our commitment to growth, to our customers, and to supporting the flow of trade at a challenging time for supply chains and companies. Together with our peak capacity expansion to the US and our new EU-APAC flight, we are ready to support our customers during peak and beyond, whether they do business within Europe, or intercontinentally to the east or to the west.”