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Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:15 pm

LUX is a big cargo hub for many big carriers.Why is this?
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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:16 pm

Probably because when you import and export in Luxemburg, you pay less taxes. Luxemburg is a fiscal paradise, I think it has to do with that. And also Luxemburg is a tiny country, so that also explains why there is more cargo hauling than passenger hauling in Findel. I don't know if many big carriers use LUX as a cargo hub but don't forget there is Cargolux, an all cargo airline with an all 747F fleet, who is based there.

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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:58 pm

Quoting lesfalls (Thread starter):
LUX is a big cargo hub for many big carriers.Why is this?

It's also very conveniently located for onward road transport to pretty much all the major European countries.
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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:58 am

In the grand scale of things its not that big of a cargo airports outside of fact it has a home based freighter airline in Luxembourg.
LUX did not even make into the ACI list of Top-30 global cargo airports in 2013.

If you want big cargo airports in Europe, look to FRA, AMS, CDG plus of course the busy integrator hubs such as CGN, LEJ, LGG.
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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:48 am

Certainly LUX is still an important cargo HUB, its not that big as "FRA, AMS, CDG, CGN, LEJ, LGG" as there are basically only freight carriers and no real HUB of a pax intercont. airline which would add belly space and also no hub of any integrators. That aside, for "real freight" I would call it important.
Downside for LUX is that it is hardly the final destination or origin of freight but all freight is trucked there and except Panalpina non of the big freight forwarders has an HUB there. Also with HHN it has an competitor nearby and also AMS & CDG had been really aggressive to attract freight carriers to call them.
So to hope for LUX is that CV is surviving otherwise it might be a bad future for them...
 
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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:57 am

The answer is simple, it has a home carrier Cargolux which brings the bulk of the tonnage.

Trucking is not a disadvantage, much of the freight landed at the big hubs like FRA AMS BRU CDG with onward destination in the EU is trucked as well.

Panalpinja is in LUX since over 40 years and a long time customr of CV, however now with 2 748 freighters on ACMI from Atrlas Air

Quoting American 767 (Reply 1):
Probably because when you import and export in Luxemburg, you pay less taxes

Much of the trucked freight is onforwarded under bond for clearance at the final destination. Taxes are the same across Europe as the EU is resüponsible for import duties. VAT is different in the EU countries however VAT is deductible for importers anyhow.
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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:52 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 5):
Trucking is not a disadvantage, much of the freight landed at the big hubs like FRA AMS BRU CDG with onward destination in the EU is trucked as well.

Yes, for direct shipment of course, but for the volumes running via forwarders HUB's it can be a disadvantage as only Panalpina has a LUX HUB.
Means for other forwarders, e.g. their DE freight, the forwarder run a truck from e.g. HAM to FRA to consolidate there and hand it to the airline in FRA. So for the peak at the weekend he can hand over BUP's early p.m. at Saturday and can catch late evening flights / early a.m. Sun flights from FRA. For LUX flights he catch the p.m. truck to LUX and "usually" only Sunday noon or later flights, which results e.g. for Asia bound cargo in a late Monday arrival instead early a.m.
Similar for mid week shipments, that small delay can mean that a shipment arrives Friday late and e.g. for airports in China you basically can only start Monday with the customs clearance, instead for THU arrival already FRI....
 
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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:25 am

If you have enough volume you run your own truck to LUX, Welter will gladly do that. In 1977 I had over 7000 tons of airfreight from my station (and that was not FRA) to Nigeria which went direct to LUX by truck.
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RE: Why Is LUX Such A Big Cargo Hub?

Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:28 pm

Certainly you can do this. ( and I guess it was great having such projects  But let me assume that was oil/ gas relatet, at least infrastructure, so typical non consolidation freight resp. freight not going via a HUB, just to the base of the carrier flying it.
LUX with his homecarrier CV and their nose door B747 are certainly still (or especially ) today a preferred carrier for such projects, but still not the 1st choice for a prime and huge consolidation service organize by larger forwarders( with exceptions of course)

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