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'Nordic seafood trade growth requires better air freight service'


Saudia Airlines Cargo is considering launching services to the Nordic area given the continued growth of seafood volumes from the region, reports Tokyo's Fish Information & Services.
Saudia has been holding meetings with potential customers regarding the possibility of the service, London's Air Cargo News reported.
Speaking at the Nordic Air Cargo Symposium in Stockholm, the airline's European director Rainer Muller said any service would likely begin in the Middle East, call in central Europe, then Oslo before heading to New York.
Mr Muller points out that the calls in central Europe and Saudi Arabia would help offset the fact that very little air cargo goes to Oslo.
"We understand that this [service] is something that cannot just be based on fish. We have to generate a certain revenue on the flight and this is why we will look at a shared operation coming from central Europe with a certain amount of cargo and then combining it with the fish from Oslo," Mr Muller said.
According to the Norwegian Seafood Council, salmon volumes increased by 2.8 per cent last year, but long-haul destinations, which require air freight, tended to record strong growth while exports to the European Union, which can be trucked, saw a decrease.
Last year, Oslo Airport saw volumes rise 35 per cent year on year to 185,000 tonnes, fuelled by seafood exports. To meet the demand, Oslo Airport is developing a new seafood centre and Langaas gave an update on the project.

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