Roche Diagnostics Corp, which makes diagnosis tools for a range of diseases, is increasing cargo shipments between the US and Europe with a third weekly Cargolux flight at Indianapolis International Airport to ship medical products overseas, the Shipping Gazette reports.
The flight is the first scheduled Cargolux flight that departs Indianapolis non-stop to Europe - opening up new export capabilities from central Indiana, reports the Indiana Business Journal. Cargolux already operates two inbound flights from Luxembourg to Indianapolis on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Boeing 747 freighters typically take on Roche's chemical reagents and medical devices then stop in Chicago or other cities before heading back to Europe.
The new flight will help Roche better synchronise its supply chain, said Thurman Walker, general manager of DB Schenker's Indianapolis logistics centre, that handles Roche's shipments at the airport.
The third Cargolux flight is a boon for the Indianapolis Airport Authority, which for years has been touting the airport as an alternative to bigger and more congested airports such as delay-prone Chicago O'Hare.
Indianapolis has seen a number of new international cargo flights over the last couple years. In November, FedEx won federal approval to launch an air cargo route between Indianapolis and Guadalajara, Mexico. FedEx, which has 4,000 people at its Indianapolis hub, and has been making scheduled flights from Indianapolis to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Two years ago, FedEx began non-stop service from Hong Kong to Indianapolis.
Cargo is big business for Indianapolis International, a medium-sized airport that is more a spoke than a hub for passenger service and thus has to land nonstop passenger flights to Europe.
FedEx alone pays more in landing fees than all 10 passenger carriers here - US$10.4 million a year versus $10 million for passengers.