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FARNBOROUGH: July 17, 2018. Volga-Dnepr Group (VDG) and CargoLogicAir (CLA) have signed an MoU with Liege Airport to develop a regional freighter hub.

This follows an announcement in May by Alibaba logistics subsidiary Cainiao Network it had chosen Liege as its European hub in a global infrastructure that also includes Moscow, Hangzhou, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

V D LiegeCainiao has a goal of delivering door-to-door in five days in the next three years and said its partnership with Liege is intended to encourage local SMEs to use e-commerce to promote their exports.

Now VDG wants to operate 30 flights a week by 2021 with Liege providing the necessary ground handling, 23,000 square metres of warehousing and 4,000 square metres of offices.

“The development of a European hub in Liege will support our existing network, boost our cargo services, covering major catchment areas of Europe for the convenience of our customers,” explained CLA CEO David Kerr. “We will be able to guarantee high-end services based on reliable partnership with Liege airport, which is not only one of the most cargo-friendly airports, but also shows significant steps of development in air cargo handling.”

Commenting on the Cainiao decision in May, Liege Airport CEO Luc Partoune declared Liege would become the cargo airport of the future: “Cainiao has chosen our airport for its flexibility, the quality of its services, its advantages consisting of its ideal localisation in Europe, the fact that it is open 24/7 and its connectivity with the other continents.”

This week he was able to add: “V-D Group and Liege Airport share the cargo DNA and we are looking forward to a successful future.”

Pictured left to right: Liege Airport CEO Luc Partoune, Volga-Dnepr Group president Alexey Isaykin and David Kerr, CargoLogicAir CEO.

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