Automotive cargo drives freight growth at Air Partner

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Strong demand from automotive and aerospace clients helped push up profits for Air Partner’s Freight division by 36 per cent in the first half of 2018.

Gross profits for the six months ending on 31 July 2018 were £1.5 million, with the Freight division continuing to grow its global operations.

Customers using Air Partner’s Freight services come from industries from oil and gas to charities, with automotive and aerospace demand proving strong for charter and on board courier products

In 2017, the German office moved to a larger premises in Cologne to cater for further growth, and 2018 saw the appointment of a new freight charter sales broker and sales manager.

An office was opened in Los Angeles and the Freight team in Fort Lauderdale moved into a new office.

The team in Turkey increased in size, following significant business growth.

Air Partner director of freight, Mike Hill says: “I am proud of the tireless work of the Freight team and our success in the first half of the year. We won’t be resting on our laurels, however – we are committed to continue growing our client numbers, whilst never sacrificing the high levels of customer service that are synonymous with Air Partner.”

Air Partner says it achieved the growth despite mounting pressure in the market for charter brokers to change tactics by either working directly with shippers or becoming aircraft operators in their own right.

The London Gatwick Airport-based company says it will continue to work solely with freight forwarders, as this will allow it to remain neutral.