DHL is to start a new cargo route between Oslo Airport and Lakselv Airport Banak – bringing seafood exporters like Finnmark and Northern Norway closer to the Asian export markets.
The route will be serviced by an Airbus A300 with a cargo capacity of around 40 tonnes. Depending on volumes and demand, the route will be serviced once to several times a week.
Avinor director of cargo, Martin Langaas says: “This gives Lakselv and Finnmark a unique opportunity to reach key export markets for king crab and salmon in Asia. The size of the aircraft enables DHL to get started quickly, without a need for investments with regards to airport infrastructure.
“The capacity also ensures balanced, reasonable start-up risks, enabling quick increases in capacity and frequency if local businesses start utilising the service.”
DHL Global Forwarding head of airfreight, Trond Ørjan Olsen says the new cargo route is established to connect with the large cargo crafts and scheduled flights flying from Oslo Airport to Asia and North America.
He adds: “Using this route, DHL will give seafood exporters in Finnmark access to a large and efficient network, reaching global markets. This will provide a significant competitive edge.”