TNT launches Venice air freight service


TNT has announced that it is launching a five-time weekly B737-400 freighter service between Venice, Italy, and its Liege air hub in Belgium. The addition of Venice to TNT’s international air network will serve exporters and importers trading with north east Italy, who need guaranteed next-day delivery, flexibility and late collections. The Veneto region, of which Venice is the capital, is home to a network of export-oriented companies, most of which are small and medium sized enterprises.

The morning flight from Liege arrives at Venice Airport Marco Polo at 06:00 CET and continues onto Ljubljana, Slovenia, before returning to Liege. Five weekly flights from Athens, Greece, to Liege will stop in Venice on the northbound leg. Those flights depart Venice at 23:00 CET, an advantage for customers who require late pick-up and next-day delivery.

The air gateway is located in the existing TNT Marcon depot, near Venice. It is TAPA-certified and can handle up to 10 air freight containers with a loading capacity of 2,000 kg each. Opened in 2013, TNT’s Marcon depot uses automated scanning and sorting equipment. From February 2015, the air gateway and the depot will utilize fully automated sorting machine, which is expected to speed up the sorting of export shipments by two hours. This equipment is being rolled out across TNT Italy depots.

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