MSC has created an air cargo airline as a complementary service to their ocean container shipping solutions. MSC Air Cargo (MAC) will use Liege Airport (LGG) as its European hub and has started its operations at Liège with a first landing on December 3rd, 2022.
Following the delivery of the first of four MAC-branded Boeing 777-200F aircraft that will be operated by Atlas Air. MSC Air Cargo’s first Boeing 777-200F will start with 4 rotations per week via Liege Airport. MAC operated their inaugural transatlantic service. It will operate regular services connecting both Mexico City and US airport Indianapolis with Liege. Additionally, round-the-world services will be operated via LGG. These routes will be dedicated to pharmaceutical products, perishable goods and high-value cargo. Handling services at LGG will be provided by Challenge Handling.
With its unique cargo-only strategy, its strategic location at the heart of a large populated area, and benefitting from its many intermodal freight options (air, sea, road and rail), Liege Airport is the hub of a high-density European and global air network. Next 3 aircrafts will be delivered during 2023 and a further increase of weekly MAC freighter calls in LGG is expected.
Laurent Jossart, CEO of Liege Airport, said: “ We
look forward to supporting MSC as it develops its airfreight business and
further enhances its position as a global leader in transportation and
logistics. The selection of Liege Airport shows once again not only that it has
a prominent place in the world of cargo but also and above all that it is
playing an important role in a multimodal vision of logistics. We are delighted
to welcome MSC Air Cargo to Liège and to be vital partners in their projects”.